How one Ukrainian billionaire funded Hunter Biden, Volodymyr Zelensky, and the Azov Battalion
Is this why Hunter Biden's laptop talks about "children burned alive" in Ukraine?
Kolomoysky Owns Burisma Holdings
Contrary to popular belief, the boss of Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, at the Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings, was not the CEO of Burisma Holdings, Mykola Zlochevsky.
Instead, it was Ihor Kolomoysky, who was part of the newly installed Ukrainian government, which the Obama Administration itself had just installed in Ukraine, in what the head of the “private CIA” firm Stratfor correctly called “the most blatant coup in history.”
Shortly after the Obama Administration’s Ukrainian coup, on March 2, 2014, Kolomoysky, a supporter of Yanukovych’s overthrow, was appointed the governor of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Hunter Biden, with no experience in the industry or region, would join Kolomoysky’s Burisma Holdings two months later, on May 12, 2014.
A 2012 conducted by the AntiCorruption Action Centre (ANTAC) in Ukraine, a nonprofit investigative organization co-funded by American billionaire George Soros and the U.S. State Department, revealed that the true owner of Burisma Holdings was the Ukrainian billionaire-oligarch Ihor Kolomoysky.
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The investigation, funded to dig up corruption within Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s administration, found that Ihor Kolomoysky “managed to seize the largest reserves of natural gas in Ukraine.”
In 2011, Burisma Holdings underwent a change in ownership when it was acquired by the offshore Cyprus enterprise Brociti Investments Ltd. Subsequently, the company's addresses were relocated under the same umbrella as Ukrnaftoburinnya and Esko-Pivnich, two Ukrainian gas companies also owned by Kolomoysky through offshore entities in the British Virgin Islands.
Oleh Kanivets, former CEO of Ukrnaftoburinnya, affirmed Kolomoysky's ownership of Burisma Holdings in the 2012 report. Kanivets stated, "The Privat Group is the immediate owner. This company was founded by Mykola Zlochevsky some time ago, but he later sold his shares to the Privat Group."
In other words, Hunter Biden’s boss at Burisma Holdings is the same Ukrainian oligarch who also financed the political rise of Volodymyr Zelensky.
Kolomoysky Owns 1+1 Media Group
Kolmoysky, who currently holds a net worth of $1.8 billion, making him the 1750th richest person in the world, owns holdings in metal, petroleum, and the media sector, where he has had a long history with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
For years, Zelensky’s company produced shows for Kolmoysky’s TV network, 1+1 Media Group, one of the largest media conglomerates in Ukraine. Zelensky achieved national fame, portraying a president on a hit television sitcom called Servant of the People, which was broadcast on a channel owned by Kolmoysky.
In 2019, Kolmoysky’s media channels significantly boosted Zelensky’s presidential campaign, while Kolmoysky even provided security, lawyers, and vehicles for Zelensky during his campaign. Kolmoysky’s bodyguard and lawyer accompanied Zelensky on the campaign trail as Zelensky was chauffeured around in a Range Rover owned by one of Kolmoysky’s companies.
The Pandora Papers showed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his TV production partners were beneficiaries of a web of offshore firms created in 2012, the same year Zelensky’s production company entered into a deal with Kolomoysky’s media group, which allegedly received $41 million in funds from Kolomoysky’s Privatbank.
Zelensky’s political rival, President Petro Poroshenko, commented on their connection during the campaign trail, “Fate intended to put me together with Kolomoyskiy’s puppet in the second round of the elections.”
After Zelensky’s victory, Kolomoysky, who had spent the last few years living between Israel and Switzerland, returned to Ukraine to keep up his relationship with the new president, nominating over 30 lawmakers to Zelensky’s newly established party and maintaining influence with many of them in parliament.
Kolomoysky Funds The Azov, Aidar, and Dnipro Battalions
Igor Kolomoysky has been a top funder of the Azov Battalion since it was formed in 2014. He has also bankrolled private militias like the Dnipro and Aidar Battalions and has personally deployed them to protect his financial interests.
Before becoming part of Ukraine’s armed forces, who funded Azov? The unit received backing from Ukraine’s interior minister in 2014, as the government had recognised its own military was too weak to fight off the pro-Russian separatists and relied on paramilitary volunteer forces.
These forces were privately funded by oligarchs–the most known being Igor Kolomoisky, an energy magnate billionaire and then-governor of the Dnipropetrovska region.
Groups of right-wing Ukrainian nationalists are committing war crimes in the rebel-held territories of Eastern Ukraine, according to a report from Amnesty International, as evidence emerged in local media of the volunteer militias beheading their victims.
Armed volunteers who refer to themselves as the Aidar battalion "have been involved in widespread abuses, including abductions, unlawful detention, ill-treatment, theft, extortion, and possible executions", Amnesty said…
The Aidar battalion is publicly backed by Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi, who also allegedly funds the Azov, Donbas, Dnepr 1, Dnepr 2 volunteer battalions, operating under orders from Kiev.
Some of Ukraine’s private battalions have blackened the country’s international reputation with their extremist views. The Azov battalion, partially funded by Taruta and Kolomoisky, uses the Nazi Wolfsangel symbol as its logo, and many of its members openly espouse neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic views. The battalion members have spoken about “bringing the war to Kiev,” and said that Ukraine needs “a strong dictator to come to power who could shed plenty of blood but unite the nation in the process.”
Kolomoysky’s Battalions Shell Civilians In Donbas
The Luhansk and Donetsk regions comprise a more extensive area known together as Donbas. In May 2014, shortly after the Obama administration’s Maidan coup, the two parties held a referendum on seceding from Ukraine, in which 96% of Lukansk and 89% of Donetsk voted for creating two new independent entities in eastern Ukraine.
Moscow said the vote reflected the "will of the people."
Still, the European Union called the elections "illegal and illegitimate,” which quickly turned violent and descended into an all-out conflict between Russian-backed separatist forces, the Ukrainian military, and pro-government militias.
Donbas became the epicenter of a battle for global influence between NATO and Moscow. The homes, schools, and offices were simply collateral damage, and water, electricity, and gas were regularly shut off for the residents who paid the ultimate price.
Human Rights Watch reported on July 24, 2014 that Ukrainian government forces and pro-government militias had indiscriminately used unguided Grad rockets in populated areas, violating international humanitarian law and committing war crimes.
While the Ukrainian government officials denied using Grad rockets in Donetsk, a Human Rights Watch investigation on the ground strongly indicated that Ukrainian government forces were responsible for the attacks.
Earlier in the month, an Al Jazeera journalist had even filmed Ukrainian forces with Grad rocket launchers on the road to Donetsk.
While Kolomoysky’s Azov battalion led the post-coup government’s assault on the self-declared republics of Luhansk and Donetsk, a 2014 Amnesty International report accused Kolomoysky’s Aidar Battalion of war crimes in Donbas specifically citing “widespread abuses, including abductions, unlawful detention, ill-treatment, theft, extortion, and possible executions.”
In October 2014, Human Rights Watch reported that Ukrainian government forces and pro-government militias were responsible for the widespread use of cluster munitions in populated areas in Donetsk city.
“It is shocking to see a weapon that most countries have banned used so extensively in eastern Ukraine,” said Mark Hiznay, senior arms researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Ukrainian authorities should make an immediate commitment not to use cluster munitions and join the treaty to ban them.”
This is not to say that both sides were not guilty of war crimes, as Russian-backed separatists were also accused of using unguided rockets and shooting down civilian planes, and both sides have been accused of numerous war crimes.
The Minsk II agreement in 2015 ended the worst fighting and set up a buffer zone around the breakaway republics, but the deadly civil war has continued to drag on in the region until now. Heavy weapons were banned by the Minsk agreements but were still frequently used and to devastating effect.
Children’s schools in Donetsk have been hit so often by indiscriminate shelling that basements are set up as make-shift bomb shelters, and windows are piled high with sandbags. Donbas has also become one of the most landmine-contaminated places on earth, putting more than 220,000 children at risk.
“The shelling doesn’t leave a child’s psyche unscathed. Children are traumatized. They are terrified. There are children who become very emotional. They pour their feelings out,” said Iryna Morhun, the Principal of Krasnohorivka School, which was hit by a direct strike.
“On the other side, there are children who keep this pain inside. It’s very sad to see children who should be having a happy childhood suffer because of this war.”
Hunter Biden’s Laptop Talks About “Children Burned Alive” In Donetsk
Text messages found on Hunter Biden’s laptop show Hunter Biden asking Hallie Biden, his brother’s widow-turned-mistress, if she believed that he had “children burned alive in DONETSK” or “children killed in donetsk, Ukraine.”
Most likely, about Kolomoysky, his reported Burisma Holdings boss, who was also funding the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion accused of war crimes and shelling civilians in eastern Ukraine.
In 2018, Congress banned U.S. arms from going to the Ukrainian Azov Battalion, which used neo-Nazi insignia, openly accepted neo-Nazis into its ranks, and had been accused of 'ISIS-Style' War Crimes, including beheadings.
“White supremacy and neo-Nazism are unacceptable and have no place in our world,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), an outspoken critic of providing lethal aid to Ukraine, said in a statement to The Hill on Tuesday. “I am very pleased that the recently passed omnibus prevents the U.S. from providing arms and training assistance to the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion fighting in Ukraine.”
In 2016, Kolomoysky’s Privatbank collapsed amid accusations of embezzlement and fraud. The bank failure cost the Ukrainian government — and by extension, the American and European taxpayers who propped it up with aid funds — about $5.5 billion in a bailout.
In 2020, the Justice Department moved to seize Kolomoysky’s U.S. properties after accusing the oligarch of embezzling and defrauding billions of dollars from PrivatBank and laundering it into American properties, including a steel plant in Kentucky, a commercial high rise in Cleveland, and a Motorola manufacturing plant in Illinois.
In March 2021, the Biden administration barred Kolomoisky and his family from traveling to the United States because of “involvement in significant acts of corruption.”
It is doubtful Kolomoisky would have returned to the United States, considering the Justice Department had already begun seizing his properties the year before, and he had reportedly been traveling between Switzerland, Israel, and Ukraine in fear of being extradited to the United States.
The U.S. Congress is approving another $14 billion in aid for Ukraine that will undoubtedly be funneled into the family members of corrupt U.S. and Ukrainian politician’s bank accounts and oligarch’s off-shore financial entities before making its way to the neo-Nazi battalions Congress banned from receiving U.S. arms in 2018.
Do the people pushing so hard for war with Russia know about the “children burned alive” in Donetsk? Do they know that we are arming neo-Nazi battalions, which have been shooting rockets and dropping cluster bombs on children in Donbas for the last 8-years?
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