Record bribe in Ukraine: $ 5 million to close case against Burisma founder

The anti-corruption prosecutor’s office confirmed that Hunter Biden was not involved in this case

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAP) reported that they were offered a bribe of $ 5 million to close a criminal case involving Nikolai Zlochevsky, the owner of Burisma. The case has nothing to do with Hunter Biden, a former Burisma board member whose father is running for President of the United States, according to a prosecutor..
The bribe was intended for the closure of the case, in which Zlochevsky contributed to the seizure of funds from the stabilization loan of the National Bank, issued to Real Bank.
Last year, the Ukrainian company Burisma became the focus of global attention in an investigation leading up to the attempted impeachment of President Donald Trump. Trump, in turn, advocates an investigation into Joe Biden and his son.

Record bribe in Ukraine: $ 5 million to close case against Burisma founder

The head of NABU Artem Sytnik said that three people were detained when giving a bribe.
“The first detainee is an employee of the state tax service, he works as the first deputy head of the GU SFS in Kiev, the second [person] had a relationship, now it is being checked, to the Burisma company, and is a trusted person of Zlochevsky, and the third person is also an employee of the SFS and also Zlochevsky’s confidant “, – said Sytnik.
According to Sytnyk, this bribe is a record in the history of Ukraine. Money, packed in clear plastic bags, was exhibited at a press briefing.
Burisma has released a statement stating that the company is not involved in the case..
“Burisma Group and its management have nothing to do with the report of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAP) and some media outlets about participation in illegal actions … The company operates exclusively within the framework of the current legislation, is one of the largest taxpayers and defends the interests of Ukraine’s energy independence,” statement.
Burisma founder, former minister of ecology Nikolai Zlochevsky now lives abroad.
“Let’s end this once and for all. Biden Jr. and Biden Sr. are not involved in this particular process, “said the head of the SAP Nazar Kholodnitsky at a briefing on Saturday..
According to Sytnik, the heads of anti-corruption agencies were offered about $ 5 million, and another million was allocated for an official acting as a mediator..

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The suspects were in a hurry to pay a bribe because they wanted to close the case against Zlochevsky by his birthday on Sunday, “to close the criminal proceedings and ensure the return of Mr. Zlochevsky to Ukraine,” Sytnyk said..
The country’s former attorney general told Reuters in June that the check he ordered found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Hunter Biden when he worked for Burisma..
Hunter Biden joined the Burisma Board of Directors in 2014. Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress declare a corruption component in the activities of Biden Jr., but Hunter and Joe Biden deny all charges, calling them unsubstantiated.

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