Why Joe Biden Desperately Wanted Ukraine to Fire Its Prosecutor-General

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


Vladimir Boiko

Despite the fact that Onishchenko’s recordings, made by the fugitive People’s Deputy in the office of the Arbiter of the Nation, cannot be considered as proof in any criminal proceedings (concerning this there is the decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine dated 20th October, 2011, issued on the occasion of the other cassette scandal, organised by the former major of the State Guard Nikolay Melnichenko), they are of considerable historical value because they allow to reconstruct the events of the recent past. For example, thanks to the efforts of Onishchenko, it becomes clear in connection with what Vice President Biden called the Ukrainian General Prosecutor Shokin a “son of a bitch” and blackmailed Poroshenko, saying that Ukraine won’t receive 1 billion dollars in financial aid until Shokin is dismissed.

The reason for the sharp statements of Biden was the number of criminal proceedings in connection with the abuse of the “Burisma” gas holding, owned by the former Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Zlochevsky, which in 2014-2016 was investigated by the General Prosecutor of Ukraine and in 2016 was transferred to the National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). In order to avoid punishment, Zlochevsky after fleeing Ukraine in 2014 introduced in the “Burisma” Board of Directors Robert Hunter Biden – the son of then Vice-President of the US, who he paid $1 million to annually. It is clear that Biden senior wanted to immediately stop the prosecution of Zlochevsky, but Poroshenko, realising that Zlochevsky is an untouchable person and that he anyway will be forced to close this case under the pressure of the US administration, nevertheless instructed Shokin to ignore the demands of Biden – Poroshenko wanted to also receive at least a couple of cents from Zlochevsky.

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Then the US Embassy, via the hands of “anti-corruption” folk like the People’s Deputy Egor Sobolev and his assistant-consultant Vitaly Shabunin, organised a campaign of harassing Shokin to collect signatures for his resignation, and US Ambassador Pyatt at every opportunity publicly blamed the Prosecutor General of Ukraine. The case against Zlochevsky was closed only after the former Minister via Onishchenko handed a business proposal over to Poroshenko. At the same time, it’s not the corrupt General-Prosecutor’s Office that closed the criminal proceedings, but the “honest” and “incorruptible” Specialised Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office and NABU.

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