Ukraine Prosecutor Widens Probe Into Burisma Holdings Owner

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Posted: Nov 20, 2019 8:14 PM
Ukraine Prosecutor Widens Probe Into Burisma Holdings Owner

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Ukraine Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka announced on Wednesday that his office has widened its investigation into Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky, Reuters is reporting. The investigation will now follow up on claims that Burisma Holdings embezzled state funds, including some $33 million from the Central Bank. Ryaboshapka also said the investigation was on hold at the moment because Zlochevsky's current whereabouts could not be determined. 

(Via Reuters)

After he took office in late August, Ryaboshapka launched a wide-ranging audit of criminal cases to see whether they had been conducted properly. Thirteen of them relate to Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky, Ryaboshapka told reporters at a briefing on Wednesday.

Burisma did not respond to a request for comment.

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.

Burisma Holdings sure sounds like a corrupt company. Hunter Biden served as a board member of Buirsma Holdings, drawing a lucrative monthly salary from 2014-2019. Biden has no natural energy experience, was discharged from the military for using cocaine, and was seemingly hired only to buy the company influence with Hunter's father, then-Vice President Joe Biden. The move appears to have worked. 

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