Republican lawmakers are accusing Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma Holdings and former Ukrainian minister, of paying President Joe Biden $5 million in an alleged pay-for-play arrangement. These lawmakers claim that Zlochevsky possesses two audio recordings as proof of the supposed deal.
The Whereabouts of Zlochevsky
The current location of Zlochevsky remains unknown. Some speculate that he fled to Monaco in 2019 to escape embezzlement charges in Ukraine. Reports suggest that he obtained Cypriot citizenship between 2017 and 2019.
Uncovering Alleged Corruption at Burisma Holdings
Zlochevsky established Burisma in 2002 and purportedly transferred ownership to an offshore Cypriot investment fund in 2011. During his tenure as Ukraine’s Ecology and Natural Resources Minister from 2010 to 2012, Zlochevsky is accused of granting gas licenses to his associates. His alleged involvement in money laundering and public corruption connected to Burisma prompted an investigation by Prosecutor Victor Shokin, whose firing was allegedly influenced by then-Vice President Joe Biden.
The Link between Biden and Burisma
Hunter Biden, President Biden’s son, and his associate, Devon Archer, held positions on Burisma’s board in 2016. Hunter Biden, who joined the board in 2014, allegedly received a monthly payment of $83,000 for his board membership.
A Complex Web of Connections
Senator Chuck Grassley’s 2020 Senate report delves into the relationships between the Bidens, Burisma, and Zlochevsky. It outlines significant events involving the Bidens during a critical period in Ukrainian politics in 2014, including meetings, board appointments, and asset seizures. The report suggests that Ukrainian officials, seeking support from the United States after a revolution against corruption, may have exploited Hunter Biden’s board position.
Explosive Claims and Assurance Measures
Recently, Senator Grassley made allegations that President Biden and his son, Hunter, each received $5 million from a foreign individual who supposedly possesses 17 audio recordings of their conversations as an “insurance policy.” These allegations are said to originate from an FBI informant document, with sources identifying the foreign individual as Zlochevsky.