The call of the Vice-President of the United States Joe Biden to end corruption is not reciprocated by the Ukrainians, writes the Wall Street Journal. His son hunter works in Ukrainian companies under the leadership of former Ukrainian official, who is accused of illicit enrichment and money laundering. It clearly undermines the promise of the American anti-corruption policy.
Vice-President of the United States Joe Biden urged the Pro-Western government of Ukraine to eradicate massive corruption, but his anti-corruption promise is not credible, writes the Wall Street Journal. And all because his son hunter works under the guidance of former Ukrainian official, whom the UK authorities and Ukraine accused of illegal enrichment and money laundering.
Hunter Biden is an independent Director of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings Ltd. His boss – the former Minister of ecology and natural resources Nikolai Zlochevsky, against whom and the United Kingdom, and Ukraine opened a criminal case.
The visit of Joe Biden – the fifth – comes amid "increasing frustration"caused by prolonged unsuccessful attempts to end entrenched corruption. Since the events on the Maidan, which launched a "crusade against corruption", it's been about two years. During this time, Ukrainian officials and fighters against corruption not once thought about Zlochevsky as "example of abuse of an era of Yanukovych".
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"Hunter Biden is a private citizen and a lawyer. The Vice President does not support any particular company and is in no way participates in the activities of this company, "said press Secretary Joe Biden Kate Bedingfield.
The hunter Biden believes that its work in the Ukrainian company did not contradict the statements of his father, on the contrary. He joined the Board of Directors to "strengthen corporate governance and ensure the transparency of the company, which works to develop energy security of Ukraine, which is also a goal of the United States", writes the Wall Street Journal.
The company's management confirms the words of Biden: he was invited in hope "to secure the future of the company", which bills itself as "the antidote" Ukraine's dependence on Russian gas.
However, the Ukrainian fighters against corruption are concerned that the cooperation of the son of the Vice President of the United States and Zlochevsky will help the latter to avoid court.
Director of the Center for anti-corruption Daria kalenyuk recognizes that knowing about communication and Biden, Zlochevsky, the investigators, leading the case of former Ukrainian official, will feel "uncomfortable".
"The situation raises the question of integrity, "- says one of the members of the Ukrainian Parliament, once worked in a competing gas company. "Honesty should be at all levels – both public and private".
Representatives of the firm Mykola Zlochevsky categorically deny the charges against him.
"As civil servants, Zlochevsky followed to the letter and spirit of the law, – said the representative of his company Burisma. – He has always adhered to high moral and ethical standards of fairness in decision making".
Representatives of the company noted that until now failed to provide any evidence of illegal activity Zlochevsky. Here they refer to the episode with freezing the Bank account of the founder of the company.
In March 2014 Zlochevsky tried to translate $ 23 million to Cyprus with his British account in a French Bank BNP Paribas. This caused the management of the Bank suspected of money laundering, about which they informed the British authorities. After months of investigation, the account was unfrozen due to lack of evidence.
Nevertheless, the British authorities have not closed the case and continue the investigation. And the Ukrainian authorities have a more compelling reason to consider Nicholas Zlochevsky guilty.
Four people claim to have discussed with Zlochevsky conditions of financing the company Burisma, when he was Minister. Two say he even held the meetings in the Ministry.
In addition, most of the Zlochevsky received licenses without public bidding. However, this accusation by the representatives of Burisma strongly refute, referring to the Ukrainian legislation. There is such a thing as "integral property complex", which allows you to obtain a license in the oil and gas sector without public bidding in case if the land already has buildings, for example the piping system.
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