Happy Friday the 13th – booooh [scary noises]! Anyhow, I saw this story in the Navigator this morning. Here is the headline and a straight translation without additional commentary on my part:
Biden Is Flying To Kiev To Save His Son’s Business
Vice President Joe Biden, who is leaving office along with Barack Obama, will fly to Kiev on Sunday for a “farewell” visit. One of his main goals is to delineate the future perspectives, in Ukraine, of the company of his son, Hunter Biden. This was declared on TV Channel 112 by Ukrainian Parliamentary Deputy Pavel Rizanenko.
In Rizanenko’s words, Biden Senior has a personal interest in seeing to it, that the criminal investigations against the company “Busisma Group” initiated by the Ukrainian Anti-Corruption Bureau, be closed down. Biden’s son, Hunter, is a co-owner of the Burisma Group.
“He has a personal interest,” Rizanenko insisted, “in Ukraine, in regards to the workings of this company. There are currently some legal suits brought by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, seeking to revoke the agreement about joint work between [the gas company] Ukr-Gaz-Dobycha and Burisma Group. The case is working its way through the courts. I surmise that Mr. Biden truly has some personal interest in this visit, as well as his previous visits [to Ukraine].”
Rizanenko’s colleague Vadim Rabinovich asserted, that it is highly dubious Joe Biden would be going [to Kiev] to discuss any global issues. “Biden is a member of the team which just lost the elections. He has one week left. What news can such a losing politician have to tell us ?”
Recall that Biden the Younger is a scandalous figure in his own right. The New York Times even wrote that Hunter Biden can be charged with corruption schemes on the territory of Ukraine, since he is the co-owner of a company whose largest shareholder, Nikolai Zlochevsky, used to be the Minister of Ecology, back in the day when Viktor Yanukovych was President. Zlochevsky fled the country after the Euro-Maidan [when Yanukovych was overthrown].
In connection with investigations of money-laundering, British officials were about to freeze the London-based accounts of this firm, which at the time possessed $23 million dollars. However, the Prosecutor-General of the Ukraine refused to turn over the documents which the British court had requested.
Subsequently the firm’s money was unfrozen and transferred to offshore accounts. In December of 2015 the investigation was re-opened, and the Prosecutor-General [of the Ukraine] handed the investigation over to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU).
On the eve of Joe Biden’s visit to Kiev, the Press Service of the Burisma Group announced the closure of all procedural and legal cases against their company: “This decision is the result of a long process, stretching for many months, combining the efforts of two teams — the Prosecutor-General and the Burisma Group.”
[yalensis: Okay, so I lied, I will permit myself one editorial comment here. So, if all the cases against Burisma have already just been closed, then Joe Biden can pack up his wings and not bother to fly there this weekend, no? On the other hand, maybe he still wants to fly there for the victory lap. And bang open the bottle of champagne and issue the word to the peasantry: “This is My Son, in whom I am well pleased: And Let the Fracking Begin!”]