Update/Correction: MP Alexander Dobinsky says one of the leaked documents is a “signed suspicion” at 1:19 in the video on this link. Ukrainian media reports this is an investigative step which documents allegations against an individual or individuals, similar to a criminal referral. While Donibsky says during the press conference that “Zlochevsky was charged,” we have updated our headline and report to reflect the difference. Earlier we headlined the article, ‘Head of Burisma Indicted in Ukraine, Ukraine Officials Demand Biden Probe.’
There is an update from Reuters below which describes what can be confirmed by U.S. media, and we put out the full Ukraine report on this link.
Ukraine has widened its probe against the Burisma founder to include the embezzlement of state funds, according to Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka said on Wednesday. There allegedly is a summons for the Burisma head to appear for questioning.
Hunter Biden and other Democrats are suspected of being tied to the embezzlement, according to Ukraine MPs who gave a press conference on Wednesday.
Ryaboshapka’s predecessors oversaw a series of investigations into Zlochevsky, a multimillionaire former minister of ecology and natural resources. The allegations concern tax violations, money-laundering and licences given to Burisma during the period where Zlochevsky was a minister.
Ryaboshapka said Zlochevsky was now suspected of the “theft of government funds on an especially large scale,” but did not provide evidence or details.
Ryaboshapka was speaking after being asked about a document from the general prosecutor’s office that was leaked at a separate press conference by three lawmakers earlier on Wednesday.
The document, only part of which was visible, showed Kulyk suspected Zlochevsky of offences including using his official position to embezzle 800 million hryvnias ($33 million) of money belonging to the central bank.
The investigation is effectively on hold, however, because the Ukrainian authorities cannot determine Zlochevsky’s whereabouts…
[The prosecutor investigating is Kostiantyn Kulyk]
…Reuters could not independently verify the extent of Kulyk’s involvement, but a source close to the energy company saw a spike in activity by Kulyk in regards to Burisma after Giuliani’s interest in the company and the Bidens had been conveyed to Kulyk’s then superior, Yuriy Lutsenko.
In late January, Kulyk sent Zlochevsky the first of several summons for questioning, documents seen by Reuters showed.
Zlochevsky has not commented on the summons or an announcement by Ryaboshapka in October that his office was reviewing a series of investigations linked to Zlochevsky.
UKRAINIAN NEWS AGENCY ASKS U.S. TO JOIN THEIR INVESTIGATION
The Ukrainian News Agency is reportedly asking the U.S. President Trump join President Zelensky in probing suspicion of U.S. corruption involving $7.4 billion.
Interfax reports: “Ukrainian members of parliament have demanded the presidents of Ukraine and the United States, Volodymyr Zelensky and Donald Trump, investigate suspicions of the legalization of $7.4 billion by the “family” of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych through the American investment fund Franklin Templeton Investments, which they said has ties to the U.S. Democratic Party.”
There are suspicions that $7.4 billion was laundered by the “family” of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych through American investment fund Franklin Templeton Investments.***
Another allegation is that the investment fund has ties to the U.S. Democratic Party, according to Ukraine news agency Interfax.
Allegedly, former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and Hunter’s partners, were paid $16.5 million for ‘services,’ according to Ukrainian MP Alexander Dubinsky. This is possibly part of the $7.4 billion Ukrainian prosecutors believe was laundered, Dubinsky claimed in a Wednesday presser.
He cited materials from an investigation into Zlochevsky and Burisma.
“Zlochevsky was charged with this new accusation by the Office of the Prosecutor General but the press ignored it,” said the MP. “It was issued on November 14.”
“The son of Vice-President Joe Biden was receiving payment for his services, with money raised through criminal means and money laundering,” Dubinsky said, adding “Biden received money that did not come from the company’s successful operation but rather from money stolen from citizens.”
Investigative journalist John Solomon has new memos he obtained via a FOIA lawsuit revealing that Burisma contacted the Obama State Department several times in 2016 to discuss ending the investigation of their firm.
They dropped the name – Hunter Biden. Hunter Biden sat on their board.
John Solomon reported that a U.S. rep for Burisma sought a meeting with Undersecretary of State Catherine A. Novelli to discuss ending the corruption allegations against the Ukrainian firm.
Three weeks prior to that, Ukrainian authorities raided the home of the oligarch who owned the firm. It showed that the probe was escalating.
Hunter Biden’s name was mentioned as a reason the State Department should help end the probe. His name was in the subject line of a memo.
It is not known if the meeting took place. However, Hunter’s fellow board member Devon Archer did secure a meeting with then-Secretary of State John Kerry on March 2, 2016.
Archer was Hunter’s partner in Rosemont Seneca.
*** We an only confirm that there are ‘suspicions’ of involvement by the Bidens and others.