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«Ukrainegate»: Ukrainian Interference In The US 2016 Presidential Election
Ukr Leaks, Jul 26 2019

From the first day of incumbency as president of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky found himself in troubled waters. Outgoing leader of the country Peter Poroshenko left for him not the rich but problematical heritage. And one of these problems is “Ukrainegate.” This scandal differs from the American one of 1972-1974 and goes far beyond the national borders. It is about Ukrainian interference in the US 2016 presidential election and Hillary Clinton promotion. At that time I was in Kiev observing what had been happening and I had a very clear picture of events connected to the US 2016 election. The information that I had was filled by the facts from other sources: opened data bases, data leaks, hacker information and American and Ukrainian news media. In this investigation, my fair readers, I’d like to share with you all the facts that I gathered and the conclusions based on these facts.

USA – Ukraine. Who needs who the most, why and for what?

The problem of “Ukrainegate” touches a rather simple, but an important question: what is the mutual interest between Washington and Kiev? I suppose Ukraine needs the USA for two reasons. Firstly, as a politico-military protector, a sort of a patron with a nuclear missile umbrella. Secondly, as a financial donor, giving currency injections that allow the country not to fall into the economical coma. But what do the USA want from Ukraine in exchange? No matter how hurtfully it sounds for Ukrainians, but I can say for sure as an officer who worked for a long time in the Security Service of Ukraine: the USA need Ukraine as a geopolitical base, which answers their strategic purposes in global confrontation with Russia. Americans prefer to make somebody else to “pull the chestnuts out of the fire” for them, in this case: Ukrainians. Washington wants to expand NATO right up to the Russian borders, to set a base on the territory of Ukraine and to regulate the intensity of a Donbass conflict. The US gain from the extension of instability around Russia. The USA are concerned about Ukrainian mineral resources and chernozem soil. The USA lobby production and sale of shale gas in the world energy market. According to preliminary estimates, Ukraine has fairly good deposits of this type of mineral in Kharkov, Luhansk and Donetsk regions. The chernozem soil is also a great property of Ukraine. That’s why during the Great Patriotic war Nazi invaders exported trains of chernozem soil from Ukraine to Germany.

Nowadays Americans entirely control Ukraine and can carry out any experiments with genetically modified crops in its territory. An American company “Monsanto” already grows genetically modified corn on the fields of Ukraine. Moreover, a multimillioned country is a great sales area for American producers. This is not only about fast moving consumer goods, foodstuffs and home appliances. It is possible to sell out-dated armament, and Ukraine will buy it for credits given by the foreign financial organizations. Consequently, the interest of the USA to Ukraine is conditioned by its strategically important geographic location, close to Russia and its transit status, natural resources and a big consumption potential.

But I’d like to draw your attention to one more fact in this investigation. Peter Poroshenko demonstrated lack of political foresight by placing his bet on one of the US presidential nominees. Ukrainian authorities supported Hillary Clinton in public and even tried to help to drown Donald Trump. Interests of both sides obviously didn’t match. Poroshenko had a panic fear of the win of the Republican candidate. Kiev though that it would lead to the change of the US policy concerning Russia which means the lifting of sanctions, the end of support of Ukraine and as a consequence to the failure of local powers. The Democrats were looking for the “heel of Achilles” of their opponent and were trying by any means to harm him. Finally they managed to achieve the resignation of Paul Manafort, chairman of the presidential campaign office of Donald Trump. This story, which is now called “Ukrainegate,” is a criminal collusion of Hillary Clinton’s office and Ukrainian authorities in the person of Poroshenko so that to prevent Donald Trump from winning the US election.

But the Ukrainian president played the wrong card. At that time I was working in the central office of the Security Service of Ukraine in Kiev. I remember well that panic overwhelmed all the power structures of the country after the win of the Republican candidate. Some people from the central office of the States Guard told me that for several days the president administration was just paralyzed: they were waiting for immediate answer for the participation of Ukraine in attack on Trump. Many politicians deleted the posts that contained critics of Donald Trump from their social media accounts. Everything turned out all right that time, and the Kiev establishment thought that the scandal would not influence the relations between two countries. But further events demonstrated that the head of the White House didn’t forget anything. He waited out all the attacks on him, and then began to seek after the truth building up «Ukrainegate.» After three years Ukraine returned to the radars of political in-fighting in the USA. Eternal conflict of the Democrats and the Republicans has gone out of the national borders and is pulling Ukrainian politicians deeper and deeper into this vortex. The future of Ukraine will depend on its new president Vladimir Zelensky who will have to make a hard choice. But we’ll get to that later. And now I will tell you about this international scandal.

Operation on Manafort discredit

Paul Manafort had been working in Ukraine since 2004. He consulted the Party of Regions during the parliamentary elections 2006 and 2007, as well as Victor Yanukovich during the presidential campaign 2010. The operation on Manafort discredit was planned carefully. To my mind the story line of this “play” is better to present as a chain of acts mentioning people involved in this collusion:
⦁ By order of Mrs. Clinton the then Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland sets a mission to the Ukrainian government in the person of the president Peter Poroshenko to gather damaging information on Mr. Manafort. The instructions are given through the ambassador of Ukraine in the USA Valeriy Chaly.
⦁ Poroshenko gives a task to his administration chief Boris Lozhkin to use Ukrainian force structures to carry out the instructions of the State Dept. And then a multimove combination takes place.

On 27 May 2016 an ex-deputy chairman of the SBU Victor Trepak shows in public so called «spreadsheet» of the Party of Regions. These are financial documents that confirm «off-the-book» payments using an unofficial piggy bank. This evidence disappeared somewhere during the investigations of criminal cases against Victor Yanukovich, but it was not completely lost.

The SBU officers, who worked with Trepak, told me about the disappearing of many papers withdrawn in time of the investigation of the Party of Regions activity. I’m bringing into focus that Trepak held a high position in the Security Service. He was the first deputy director, the Head of Central Department of fight against the corruption and organized crime. Moreover he was a member of a special group of the SBU that was investigating violations of the Party of Regions, including economical crimes. In Apr 2106 he was dismissed but he took the damaging information that as he thought he could use depending on the situation. The appropriate moment came in May 2016. The chief of presidential administration Lozhkin gives Trepak the relevant instructions.

Sergey Leshchenko demonstrates pages of “spreadsheet” of the Party of Regions

Sergey Leshchenko had a role of a double agent. On the one hand, being a member of parliament of the Block of Peter Poroshenko he executed an order of his boss. On the other hand, he acted at the direction of Washington. The US ambassador in Kiev Geoffrey Pyatt, who earlier controlled the activity of Leshchenko, ordered him to organize a campaign to discredit Manafort and other alike American proteges in Ukraine. Officers of the 1st Office of the Dept of Counter-Intelligence of the SBU knew for sure that Leshchenko was recruited by the USA intelligence services. It was also known that during his education in the Stanford University in 2013 he got additional instructions. The head of the 1st Office of the Dept of Counter-Intelligence Victor Get once told me that after the Maydan a lot of papers that contained the information about the counter-measures to Western special services were burnt. Otherwise he would have caught Leshchenko long time ago. And of course if there were some other powers in command the SBU would never give the access to the classified information to the detected foreign agent. But in 2014 the cooperation with intelligent agencies of the USA and the UK was no longer a crime in Ukraine.
⦁ After publishing of the papers of the “spreadsheet” of the Party of Regions and “exposures” of Leshchenko, there was a scandal that forced Manafort to leave his position of the chairman of the presidential campaign office of Donald Trump.

Scheme of the operation on Paul Manafort’s discredit

Notice that Leshchenko appeared as a classical “waste tank” in this operation. He was given the role of a killer in this political removal of Manafort and real puppeteers were supposed to stay in the background. In that context we should remind how Ukrainian security officials got the «off-the-book» of the Regionals. During the escalation on the Maydan in Feb 2014 there was an unjustified attack of the protesters on the office of the Party of Regions. The placement was destroyed, people died. During the long period of protests nobody payed attention to this place and this attack was unexpected and demonstrative. As almost all witnesses say, the attackers were interested in destroying server rooms and offices with documents. They were trying to grab papers even from the people that were fleeing away. It appears that the attack was organized beforehand and the real aim was the financial documents of the Party of Regions. The fact that people died is only expanses for the customers on their way to a true democracy along the American lines. Afterwords these documents came to hands of honest officers of the SBU, specifically to Victor Trepak. Certainly, publishing of the “black case” of the Party of Regions seriously damaged the electoral campaign of Donald Trump. But “spreadsheet” was not the only dirt for Trump and Manafort. The Democrats sent their agents to different directions and sources. And most of them met in Ukraine.

«Cherchez la Femme», as the French say

In many cases a French phrase “cherchez la femme” explains many facts. Here is the story about damaging information, the Democrats and the interference which was initiated by a woman. Before the publication of “spreadsheet” an experienced democrat, of Ukrainian origin, Alexandra Chalupa started to look for the information about Trump’s neighborhood. Later she admitted that for this purpose she used her own network of sources in Kiev and Washington, that included investigative journalists, clerks and intelligence officers.

Alexandra Chalypa

In times of the second presidential term of Bill Clinton, Alexandra Chalupa worked in the White House as a communication secretary. After the defeat of the former Vice-President Albert Gore during the presidential election in Nov 2000, Chalupa went to work in the DNC, and there she went to the position of senior political consultant. In 2004–2016 she got more than $410k from the budget of the party. Moreover, she worked in many senatorial and congressional election campaigns, consulting democratic candidates and heads of their campaign offices. Let us go back to the beginning of 2016. She got the task from the office of Hillary Clinton and went to the Ukrainian embassy in the USA. On the meeting with Valeriy Chaly and his assistant Oksana Shulyar she managed to find common interests against Trump. The employee of the Ukrainian embassy Andrey Telizhenko was assigned to help the Democrats. Telizhenko said in the interview to Politico:

Oksana told me to connect with Mrs Chalupa in case I have any information or I know people who have it. They coordinated the investigation on Paul Manafort with Alexandra Chalupa and the office of Mrs Hillary.

Andrey Telizhenko

He claimed that the Democrats set certain and ambitious purposes, he said:

(The task was) not only to discredit these persons. According to Alexandra Chalupa and media reports, the aim was to remove Donald Trump from the election race. They were going to hold a special session of a committee of the US Congress in autumn 2016 and to force Mr Trump to withdraw his candidacy. That is what I was told.

Before the diplomatic service Andrey Telizhenko worked at the prosecutor’s office in Kiev and kept good relations with security agencies officers. To complete the job he used his contacts in the Intelligence Service, Police and Prosecutor’s Office. He managed to get some information that uncovered contacts of Mr Trump with Russians. He also found out a remarkable detail. Agents of a scandal company Fusion GPS, standing behind Christopher Steele and his «Trump Dossier» were also walking around Ukrainian civil and state structures looking for the similar information. But we will get to that later. Telizhenko told journalists that he did not want to give the data directly to Chalupa and gave it to Chaly:

I told him that what we were doing was illegal, and it was unethical to do this as diplomats.

Chaly said that he will take care of everything. And he really did. On Apr 26 on the Yahoo News website «surprisingly» appeared a story which was about a $26m deal between Paul Manafort and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, connected with telecommunications provider in Ukraine. The author of the article was a journalist Michael Isikoff, who worked at that time with Alexandra Chalupa.

Michael Isikoff

In two days both of them appeared on the closed meeting with 68 Ukrainian journalists, organized in the Library of Congress. They showed reporters this information and specified the direction of further search of the dirt on Manafort. I want to mention that Chalupa used Sergey Leshchenko as a source of information. They discussed the role of Manafort in Ukrainian politics. A member of Ukrainian parliament told her that American political consultant «closed his eyes to the corruption of politicians he worked on.» After the scandal about bonding of partial structures of the Democrat Party and campaign office of Hillary Clinton in Jun 2016, Chalupa officially left the DNC and continued gathering damaging information on Manafort and Trump as a private eye.

Connection between the US DoJ staff and «The Trump Dossier». And what has this got to do with Sergey Leshchenko?

As we already know, the Democrats ordered to find a discredit information on Trump and his entourage to several organizations. The Fusion GPS research company was one of them. In Apr 2016 this company employed Christopher Steel, former MI6 intelligence agent, to draw up the «Trump Dossier.» At that time he headed a detective office, Orbis Business Intelligence. It is widely known. Several Fusion GPS employees also took part in this project. They were commissioned with the analysis of travel and business activity of Trump’s children and also the search of discredit information on Paul Manafort. That brought Fusion GPS agents, including a certain Nellie Ohr, to Ukraine.

Nellie Ohr

A few words about Nellie Ohr that will give you an idea of this person. Before Fusion GPS, Nellie Ohr worked as Russia specialist in one of the Washington research centers who was connected with the CIA. It is an interesting fact that her husband Bruce Ohr was the assistant of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in 2016. He was also a member of a secret group of American officials who desperately supported Hillary Clinton. It goes without saying. While questioning in the US Congress, Nellie Ohr reluctantly admitted that her informer in Ukraine was an odious parliamentarian, Sergey Leshchenko. Mrs Ohr said, when she was questioned about informers of Fusion GPS:

I remember… they mentioned a certain Ukrainian Sergey Leshchenko. I don’t know who his informer was.

A congressman asked:

Did he provide Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, with information? Or did he inform Jake Berkovits, a member of Fusion GPS staff, or them both?

Mrs Ohr answered:

I don’t know whether there was a difference. He was just a source of information of Fusion GPS.

Moreover, Nellie Ohr said that Leshchenko provided Fusion GPS staff with the information on Manafort. She freely told her husband and officers of the US law-enforcement agencies about her findings. At the same time Bruce Ohr kept in touch with the former British intelligence agent Christopher Steel and the head of Fusion GPS Glenn Simpson. Hence, he got abreast of the situation and monitored the progress of investigations, which is an unprofessional conduct at least.

Bruce Ohr

When it became clear, Bruce Ohr was dismissed because of concealing his meetings with the author of Trump dossier. Notice that in each of these episodes the name of Sergey Leshchenko is mentioned. And it does surprise me. Leshchenko is undoubtedly an American agent whose affairs get on well thanks to the US Embassy. I am sure that the contacts of Alexandra Chalupa, Nellie Ohr and numerous investigative journalists with Leshchenko were not accidental. On the one hand, the Democrats suggested to them an idea where to look for the information and whom to ask about it. On the other hand, the Democrats dictated to Leshchenko what to say and to who. One of mid-level chiefs of the 1st Office of the Counter-Intelligence Dept of the Security Service of Ukraine who had dealt with the counteraction to NATO special services influence told me with grief in his heart:

We had heaps of discrediting evidence on Mr. Leshchenko: wiretapping recordings, secret-service data, surveillance. In vain. Our command doesn’t take action on this data. Not the command of the Department, I speak about the command of the SBU.

Proofs of Ukrainian influence on the US 2016 presidential election are enough for the court examination

Unfortunately, many Ukrainian politicians did not understand what they did when openly supported Mrs Clinton, competing in attempts to humiliate Trump or to cover his name in mud. Those who stood aside this political scandal tried to inform law enforcement authorities and residents of the country about the consequences of the rash steps the Ukrainian authorities. In 2017 the people’s deputy Andrey Derkach submitted a request to the prosecutor’s office that the criminal investigation of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine officials influence on the presidential election in the USA 2016 should be carried out. Derkach claimed:

I think that the rash steps of the NABU officials do much harm to the Ukrainian-American relations. Ukraine appeared in the opinion of the USA as the unreliable partner. Top-level bilateral contacts were completely blocked for a while, and the mount of financial aid was significantly reduced.

He added that in 2018 the USA previously planned to give Ukraine $570m of assistance. But Trump’s administration reduced it to $177m, ie by 68.8%. In Jun 2018 it became known that the US Senate approved the defense budget for 2019 which provided allocation of a military aid to Ukraine of $200m. In particular, in the bill in the section 1233 «Continuation of an Initiative of Support of Ukraine in Security field» is said that «for 2019 financial year $200m are provided.» But it is premature to celebrate, initially Washington was going to allocate to Kiev $500m of military aid. The problem was not only in loss of financing, but in deterioration in diplomatic relations between the USA and Ukraine. The Ukrainian diplomats were no longer taken seriously in the White House. However the prosecutor’s office did not initiate the criminal investigation on Derkach’s demand till now. The Ukrainian deputy Borislav Rosenblat decided not to apply to venal law-enforcement agencies and brought a similar suite to the court. In Dec 2018 Kiev’s District Administrative Court found guilty the head of the NABU Artem Sytnik and the people’s deputy Sergey Leshchenko of the unauthorized disclosure of documents of the investigation and the influence the US 2016 presidential election. The precedent is established. It is necessary to render the same verdict to other participants of this criminal conspiracy.

Copy of the Kiev’s District Administrative Court resolution

Another confirmation of the influence on the US 2016 presidential election was the audio recording of conversation of the head of the NABU Sytnik, published in Mar 2019. He admitted that he helped Mrs Clinton in 2016. Generally, the fact of Ukrainian interference in the US 2016 presidential election is considered to be proven. So, the US law-enforcement authorities should set their work. The FBI Director Christopher Ray has already declared in the Senate, that he “would be glad to examine” this issue.

How Ukraine financed Hillary Clinton

Manafort is only one of the participants of the drama called «Ukrainegate.» The other story is connected with financial backing for Hillary Clinton by Ukraine. The distinctive feature is that during presidential race in the USA Kiev authorities provided the candidate of the Democrat Party not only with the political and information support, but also used the money given by the IMF so as to sponsor Mrs Clinton. According to my information, the investigation of the embezzlement of the IMF assets is still in progress in Ukraine. This money was received by the National Bank of Ukraine (the NBU). This financial aid was intended for support of financial sector of Ukraine. Within this program the NBU allocated money to different Ukrainian private credit organizations. Their owners transferred the received amounts to offshore territories and then transferred kickbacks to the head of the NBU Valeria Gontareva and her patron Peter Poroshenko for whom she had worked in the investment company ICU earlier. The following Ukrainian banks were involved in this criminal scheme: Tavrika, Pivdenkombank, Avtokrazbank, Misky komertsiyny bank (Konversbank), Finrostbank, Terra Bank, Kiivska Rus, Vernum Bank, Credit Dnipro, Delta Bank and others. Money was transferred from Ukraine to offshore companies through the Austrian bank Meinl Bank AG. Two credit institutions Credit Dnipro and Delta Bank. received the largest amounts of assets. These banks are closely connected with one of the richest Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk. He is the son-in-law of the former president of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma. The Ukrainian billionaire supported close ties with the former representative of the IMF in Ukraine Jerome Vacher. One of the members of the board of directors of Credit Dnipro was the former managing director of the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn. These dear sirs were certainly informed of financial transactions of their Ukrainian friends. Therefore it is possible that it was an international group which embezzled money from the IMF tranches. At the following stage the credits from the IMF were transferred to offshore companies Melfa Group LTD (Belize), Tandice Limited (Cyprus), Tosalan Trading Limited (Cyprus), Agalusko Investment Limited (Cyprus), Winten Trading LTD (Cyprus), Silisten Trading Limited, Nasterno Commercial Limited. It was found that these companies were also connected with Victor Pinchuk. This is not the whole story. The most part of money form Pinchuk offshore companies were transferred to Victor Pinchuk Foundation. And then «the laundered money» was transferred to Clinton Foundation. Since 2012 within nearly five years the family of the former US President received more than $29 million were transferred. The largest tranches from Victor Pinchuk Foundation to Clinton Foundation were carried out in 2015 and 2016. It is an «amazing coincidences» that at this period Hillary Clinton stood for the presidential post.

Criminal scheme of the embezzlement of the IMF tranches and its transfer to Clinton Foundation

It is obvious that this criminal scheme was carried out through the mediation of the head of the National Bank Gontareva and the assistance of the Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk and the President of Ukraine Peter Poroshenko.

Nepotism and corruption of Joe Biden in Ukraine

Curiously enough, Ukraine can become source of the compromising data on the high-ranking American officials again. But this time the possible Trump’s opponent on the US 2020 election Joseph Biden can be jeopardized. Ukrainians remember the statement of Joe Biden, then the Vice President of the US. On Jan 27 2016 he openly demanded to dismiss the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Victor Shokin, threatening to block otherwise the financial aid for the country from international organizations. Biden said with pride:

I told them: We will not give you $1b. They say: But you do not have such powers, you are not the president, and the US president said that he would give us money. I answered: Call him. I tell you that you will not receive $1b. I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours: if the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. He was fired and replaced by a suitable candidate.

The American official motivated his unprecedented and impertinent requirement with the fact that the anti-corruption activity of Shokin is supposedly insufficient and inactive. In fact Biden had another reason. The matter is that the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office initiated investigations concerning Nikolay Zlochevsky, the major shareholder of the gas producing company Burisma, a former minister of ecology and natural resources of Ukraine during Victor Yanukovich presidency. As long as he held this high position, Zlochevsky made decisions to whom to provide access to Ukrainian mineral resources and its extraction. After the change of the power in Feb 2014, Zlochevsky fled away from the country. Despite his escape, Burisma successfully continued to extract hydrocarbon in Ukraine in two main oil and gas fields, the Carpathian and Dnepr-Donetsk basins. The companies within the Burisma Group controlled over 25% of the market of the gas industry of Ukraine. And the directorate of the company and also the high-ranking American official did not like the close attention of the prosecutor’s office to Burisma’s affairs. Why would the US Vice-President be so concerned about a Ukrainian firm? Nothing surprising: «coincidentally», since Apr 2014 a board member of Burisma holding is Hunter Biden, Joseph Biden’s son.

Information about Hunter Biden on Burisma website (appointed: Apr 2014)

Thus, Joe Biden was directly interested in successful development of Burisma. According to banking records in the USA, Hunter Biden’s American-based company Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC received from Ukraine regular transfers into one of the accounts usually more than $166,000 monthly from spring 2014 to fall 2015 (in total more than $3m). At that time Joseph Biden just held a post of the US Vice-President and was in charge of relations with Ukraine.

Financial document, confirming the transfer of money from Burisma to Hunter Biden’s company

Alongside Biden Jr the Board of directors Burisma included the ex-president of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski and the former head of the anti-terrorist center of the CIA Joseph Cofer Black. This international group covered all possible frauds of the gas producing company. After Victor Shokin’s dismissal the criminal case against Burisma was delegated to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine which was already strictly controlled by Washington. On the eve of the last visit of Joe Biden to Kiev on Jan 16 2017 this investigation was closed down. Mr Shokin, former Ukrainian Prosecutor General, saida lot about this issue. The SBU colonel Aleksander Danilevsky who held position of the deputy chief of the head of the Counter-Intelligence Department of economy protection at that time, could say many interesting information about Burisma. The First and the Second Offices of the Department were in charge of the counterintelligence protection of oil and gas complex and coal industry. In 2014-2015 Danilevsky regularly received reports about the violations of the law by Burisma. The officers of the Department reported about criminal cases initiated against Zlochevsky. And after Biden’s interference all activities on Burisma issue were quickly dropped.

Dilemma for Zelensky

In three years later Ukraine can get at the epicenter of political in-fighting in the USA again. Hurling back attack of his opponents in the USA, Donald Trump could intend to right a wrong and reasonably reproach the Democrats with the unfair play against him during the presidential race 2016. Moreover, the US president has a good opportunity to document corruption acts of Joe Biden and other members of the Democratic Party. The contacts of the Democrats in Ukraine could be an excellent cause to initiate a new investigation and even appoint another «Mueller.» Indeed, Trump’s office will take advantage of the opportunity. The Republicans need evidence of all persons, involved in «Ukrainegate» provided within the American justice. It means interrogations in the FBI and the Ministry of Justice of the USA. The Democrats are, on the contrary, interested in concealing these evidence. The undermining of the authority of Biden, Clinton, Nuland, Pyatt and even of a pawn such as Chalupa will inevitably lead to reputation losses for the Democratic Party and can cast doubt on the victory of the Democrats on the presidential 2020 election. It turns out that the newly-elected President Zelensky is in extremely difficult situation. He and his entourage have no connection with the corruption scandal described above. But some persons involved in this case have already changed their policy and tried to enter his team. For example, Sergey Leshchenko. If Zelensky wants to improve the relations with the Republicans, he should bring Leshchenko to the American justice. The direct appeal for this was the cancel of the visit to Ukraine of Trump’s personal representative Rudy Giuliani. He gave Zelensky unambiguous indications that his office included persons who were enemies of the US president. But the expulsion of Leshchenko could seriously undermine Zelensky political reputation among the Democrats who traditionally actively supported the post-Maydan authorities. His reputation among Ukrainians will also be damaged: the president brings Ukrainian citizens to the justice of foreign country. What will Zelensky chose? Time will show. Anyway, Sergey Leshchenko is at a deadlock. The Republicans need him to receive evidence. They remember him organizing rallies in front of the building of the prosecutor’s office by request of the Democrats and the US Embassy and standing for the administration of the NABU and demanding Victor Shokin’s dismissal. The democrats want to silence Leshchenko. It will be better do it once and for all. Leshchenko will come to a bad end, as all Ukrainian and American politicians, involved in «Ukrainegate.» Notice that these issues did not arise in a vacuum. This is the direct consequence of the betrayal of national interests and Ukrainians treachery by politicians who came to power of blood in Feb 2014 and who defected to the enemy in the global confrontation.

Persons:
Sergey Leshchenko – journalist, member of Ukrainian parliament (since 2014 to date).
Paul Manafort – American lobbyist, political consultant, the chairman of the presidential campaign office of Donald Trump (Mar­­–Aug 2016).
Hillary Clinton – American politician, Secretary of State (2009-2013), the US presidential nominee (2016).
Valeriy Chaly – Ukrainian political expert, deputy chief of Ukrainian president’s administration (06.2014-07.2015), the Ukrainian ambassador to the USA (since 07.2015 to date).
Alexandra Chalupa – the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s presidential campaign office consultant.
Victoria Nuland – American diplomat and politician, official representative of the Secretary of State (2011-2013), deputy Sec State on Europe and Asia (2011-2016).
Victor Shokin – Ukrainian politician, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine (02.2015-04.2016).
Victor Pinchuk – Ukrainian businessman, politician, billionaire. One of the Top-10 most reach Ukrainians.
Victor Trepak – former SBU officer, latest position: the first deputy director – the Head of Central Department of fight against the corruption and organized crime. Dismissed in Apr 2016.
Boris Lozhkin – Ukrainian businessman and politician, chief of Ukrainian president’s administration (06.2014-08.2016).
Geoffrey Pyatt – American diplomat, US ambassador to Ukraine (08.2013-08.2016).
Arseny Yatsenyuk – Ukrainian politician and businessman, Ukrainian Prime Minister (02.2014-04.2016).
Valeria Gontareva – Ukrainian politician and economist, head of the National Bank of Ukraine (06.2014-03.2018), supporter of Peter Poroshenko.
Joe Biden – American politician, US Vice-President (01.2009-01.2017).
Alexander Turchinov – acting president of Ukraine from Feb 23 to Jun 7 2014 and secretary of the National Security and Defense Council since Dec 16 2014.
Nikolay Zlochevsky Ukrainian politician and businessman, former minister of ecology and natural resources of Ukraine, deputy chief of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on economic issues (04.2012-02.2014).
Hunter Biden – American lawyer and businessman, the son of US President Joe Biden, a member of the Board of the Burisma Group Holding (since 04.2014).
Hillary Clinton – American politician, Secretary of State (2009-2013), the US presidential nominee (2016).
Devon Archer – Member of the Management Board of the Burisma Group Holding.
Viktor Shokin – Ukrainian politician, Prosecutor General of Ukraine (02.2015-04.2016).
Amos Hochstein – member of the Supervisory Board of Naftogaz.
Rudy Giuliani – American politician and businessman, personal attorney of the US president Donald Trump.
Oleksandr Dubinsky
Andriy Kobolyev
Andriy Favorov
Polina Chyzh
George Soros

Organizations:

ERU Trading – Energy Resources of Ukraine».
Burisma Holdings – private gas production group in Ukraine.
NABU – National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine.
McKinsey & Company.

“Ukrainegate-2”: Three Questions On The Ukrainian Interference In The US Presidential Elections In 2020
Ukr Leaks, Apr 14 2021

Above, we described in detail how Petro Poroshenko tried to influence the American elections in 2016 and as seriously he miscalculated throwing all capabilities on Hillary Clinton’s support. And the story gave the Ukrainian ex-president a chance to regain a rightful place in the ranks of close friends of the newly elected American president, and at the same time compete with Volodymyr Zelensky for defeat in the 2019 presidential race. On Mar 17, Poroshenko made another philippic statement on Russia and Putin, warmly thanked Biden for tough words against the Russian president and also accused Zelensky of interfering in the US elections in the interests of Donald Trump. The ex-president talked about the notorious recordings of phone calls between Biden and Poroshenko, which were made public by the member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andrei Derkach at the height of the US election campaign in the summer of 2020. It followed that US Vice President Joe Biden pressured the Ukrainian president, demanding the Prosecutor-General Shokin dismissal under the threat of withdrawing US consent to provide Ukraine with an IMF loan of $1 billion. This revelation confirmed numerous rumors about the corruption ties of the US Democrat Party leaders in Ukraine, which have been circulating in the US since 2019, and almost disrupted Biden’s election campaign.

In May 2020, Ukraine was blown away by a juicy scandal. Verkhovna Rada member Andriy Derkach published audio recordings of phone calls between Poroshenko and Biden and Kerry

Transcripts of negotiations between Petro Poroshenko and Joseph Biden (the so-called
«Derkach films») that were published on the Ukrainian web-site «Strana»

On Mar 18, Poroshenko’s statement was confirmed by the ex-member of «Servant of the People» fraction Alexander Dubinsky who was expelled from ruling party for a proximity to the oligarch Kolomoysky and participation in exposure of corruption schemes. According to the deputy, original customers of scandal, contrary to an opinion of the American authorities, were not Russian agents, but were the head of office of the Ukrainian president Andrey Yermak and Zelensky. Allegedly they directly demanded from Dubinsky to assist Derkach in the organization of a series of press conferences for publication of records and charged to create commission of inquiry on scandal investigation in the Verkhovna Rada. So, first question: who is Andrey Derkach? It is simple to find biographic data of the deputy on his personal website. We will not bring them here. More important another about what on his website nothing is told: he is Leonid Derkacha’s son, the ex-head of the State Security Service of Ukraine in the 90th years of the last century. His dad was one of initiators of the first «record scandal» with records of private talk of the president Kuchma. The son went to the footsteps of the father. He graduated from the higher school of KGB in Moscow in the 1993. Then he served in counterintelligence of independent Ukraine, enjoying support of the powerful relative. The deputy, close to intelligence agencies, does not disclose sources of scandalous audio records. It does not raise doubts, considering the volume of the compromising evidence collected by it from different state institutions, participation of the Ukrainian successor of KGB in creation of this collection.

So, on Apr 6 Derkach declared that the group of hired killers arrived to Ukraine for his liquidation. According to the Ukrainian telegram-channel, the group consisted of 8 people from Great Britain and Albania, employed by heads of the Ukrainian oil and gas company «Burisma». It is necessary to tell that on Apr 9, Derkach won a lawsuit on a complaint from this company which was mentioned in his revelations. Thus the end was put to prolonged case. The court recognized that the firm really financed lobbyist activity, using Joe Biden’s possibilities in power structures of Ukraine for closing of criminal cases against the management. I will remind in what a question essence. After the «revolution of dignity,» the opposition seated on ministerial chairs in Kiev and the search of mythical billions of overthrown president expectedly became the most important problem for leaders of the Maidan. Requests about the help in this case profitable from the media were distributed to law enforcement agencies of the different countries and, first of all, to allies on revolution – the USA and Great Britain. The British reacted unexpectedly quickly. They managed to trace and arrest large money transfers from accounts of the «Burisma company» close to Nikolay Zlochevsky the former minister of natural resources and ecology of Ukraine.

The publication on the website of the deputy Andrey Derkach: The authorities of Ukraine and Poroshenko
slowed down process of investigation of «Burisma’s case», refusing to provide to Great Britain
the necessary information for initiation of legal proceedings against Nikolay Zlochevsky.

The famous entrepreneur and the state official, Zlochevsky made the name and the fortune, managing in Yanukovych’s presidency issue of the state licenses for development of oil and gas fields, naturally, not without interests of the companies. As a result of its small gas-producing «Burisma» company became the largest private supplier of natural gas in the country. And here its foreign accounts, to which through different offshore schemes in Dec 2013–Jan 2014 from Ukraine about $30m were brought, were blocked by the British authorities, and against Zlochevsky the Ukrainian State Office of Public Prosecutor brought criminal case.

The publication on the website of the Ukrainian NABULEAKS portal: The Prosecutor General’s Office
of Ukraine took out the suspicion to Nikolay Zlochevsky.

However, as showed investigation of Derkach, it became clear soon that the Ukrainian authorities do not hurry to get out the found millions from the English banks and simply do not respond to letters of police officers from the United Kingdom. As a result Scotland Yard, in view of lack of proofs of a criminal origin of finance, made the decision about removal of arrest from accounts of «Burisma», and in Ukraine the company continued to be engaged in hydrocarbon production successfully. Investigation against Zlochevsky, transferred from the State Office of Public Prosecutor to national anti-corruption bureau, it was soon suspended and eventually in general it is closed.

The publication on the website of the Ukrainian NABULEAKS portal: Letter of the Prosecutor General’s Office
of Ukraine to the deputy Andrey Derkach about lack of signs of the corpus delicti in actions
of the management of the Burisma company.

The second question: why the «Burisma case» was closed? It turns out that in Apr 2014, two American citizens were unexpectedly on the board of directors of Burisma. One of these, the name was Devon Archer, a close friend of the stepson of Sec State John Kerry. The name of another is Hunter Biden, son of the American vice president. As it became known later, both gentlemen, having no experience in the oil and gas sector, neither in Eastern Europe, received very decent remuneration.

Left to right: Devon Archer, unknown person, Joseph Biden, Hunter Biden after golf game

According to various sources, in 2014-2015, “Burisma” transferred to their accounts from $3m to $30m.

Publication on the website of the Ukrainian portal «NABULEAKS»: Receipts of money transfers
to the accounts of Rosemont Seneca Bohai, associated with the Biden family,
from the Ukrainian oil and gas holding Burisma

For what reasons Kerry and Biden, two heavyweights of American politics, accustomed to being sensitive to personal financial hygiene, were embroiled in corruption schemes of not the most agile Ukrainian businessman Zlochevsky, is still unknown. But the fact remains: Joe Biden and John Kerry were personally interested in unlocking the company’s accounts and developing its profitable business. Given their influence on Ukrainian affairs as US foreign policy leaders, in both American and Ukrainian jurisdictions, this means at least a conflict of interest. It is noteworthy that money transfers to their relatives and friends were carried out through illegal offshore schemes, which were later voluntarily reported to the Ukrainian court by two Latvian citizens who directly participated in the transactions. Probably, it was this circumstance, as well as the general corruption background around the activities of Burisma, that gave the Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin the basis for resuming the investigation against the company and its shadow owner Zlochevsky at the end of 2015. However, by this point, Joe Biden seems to have already realized that he had fallen into an extremely unpleasant story. Besides, preparations for the presidential election began in the US, and contacts between Democrat Party leaders and Burisma, as well as other traces their corruption ties in Ukraine were hastily cleared. The activity of Prosecutor General Shokin against this background began to pose a serious threat to the reputation of the Democrats and their candidate Hillary Clinton, as well as her chances of taking the presidency of the US. The Americans were nervous, hurried their proteges to NABU, pressed on Poroshenko.

The publication on the website of the Ukrainian internet-portal «NABULEAKS»: corruption schemes with participation
of the Ukrainian politicians and businessmen and also leaders of Democrat Party of the USA

According to court, oligarchs and corruption bankers brought more than $800m out of Ukraine. Ukrainians never saw this money. The part of these means ($29m) got into accounts of Charity foundation of Hillary Clinton. The reason of the persistent Shokin’s desire to understand the Ukrainian affairs of the American politicians is also unknown. Perhaps, he moved the feeling of public prosecutor’s honor, or the desire to receive in interesting case the jackpot, or hatred to NABU and the American NGO, which took away millions of dollars allocated with the international organizations for reform of department. At last, it is not excluded that he was «the secret Trumpist» As a result, the question of resignation of the pig-headed prosecutor became the subject of special attention of Carrey and Biden. At first Shokin was organized shadowing with NABU to collect a compromising evidence, but probably this idea was ineffectual.

The publication on the website of the Ukrainian portal «NABULEAKS»: according to Petro Poroshenko’s instructions,
NABU collected a compromising evidence on the former Procurator-General Victor Shokin and members of his family.

Then Procurator-General was in a false manner accused and the information campaign for him discredit started in mass media, however Poroshenko decided not to endow the old confidant in this situation. As a result, Biden had to persuade the Ukrainian president to dismiss the former Prosecutor General. And Biden was even forced to go for direct blackmail and to threaten Kiev with withdrawal of a consent to allocation of the help in $1b from the IMF to put pressure on Poroshenko, about what he blabbed out during panel discussion of Council for the international relations in Washington on Jan 23 2018:

I told them that if you do not dismiss your Procurator-General in 6 hours, you do not receive money. Son of a bitch! And he was dismissed.

To run a few steps forward we can notice that excessive frankness (or simply garrulity) of the American president can turn back considerable reputation losses. So, on Apr 12 this year, the EU Reporter reported that the former Procurator-General of Ukraine Victor Shokin made the complaint in the European commission about violation of his rights because of the wrongful dismissal by the ex-president Petro Poroshenko under pressure of Joe Biden in 2016. If the European Commission to agree with arguments of the former head of the Ukrainian State Office of Public Prosecutor against Poroshenko and Biden personal sanctions among which prohibition on entrance on the territory of the EU, and also «freezing» of all financial assets in European Banks can be imposed. The edition noted:

Victor Shokin’s resignation violated his right to work and fair judicial proceedings and, besides, the right of Ukraine to self-determination was violated.

As a result, in the middle of 2016 business of Burisma was finally closed. However, it found political relevance from the beginning of the next electoral cycle in the USA in 2019 again without having played roles in the American elections in 2016.

The third question: why the «Burisma case» wasn’t open again?

In 2019, the newly elected president Zelensky faced a difficult choice: what to do with the dirt on the top of the American government? On the one hand, interesting prospects were opened for finding a concrete ally in the face of the current American president Trump, helping him defeat the Democrat Party. On the other hand, in front of him was Poroshenko’s unfortunate experience, who overestimated Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning. And we must pay tribute to the courage of the ex-comedian: he decided to balance and intrigue till the end, showing his usefulness at the same time to Trump (in the event of the disclosure of the entire folder of compromising evidence on Biden and his entourage), and Biden (keeping this information concealed). The servant of the two gentlemen played two games, while with the help of the SBU simultaneously collecting impressive incriminating evidence on the Americans. At the same time, he didn’t give anything concrete in the hands of the ex-mayor of New York Rudolf Giuliani, who several times met with Andrei Yermak. The final decision to bet on Biden at Bankovaya-Street was probably made only in Oct 2020, when it became clear that the gap between Biden and Trump was not narrowing, even under the influence of new incriminating evidence. Especially exciting is the question of how a Hunter Biden’s personal laptop containing photos and letters extremely unpleasant for his family appeared in one of the American computer workshops. Even Trump supporters did not seem to believe the story of a «happy coincidence,» when a trump card with compromising evidence on Democrat candidate at the height of the election campaign falls into the hands of a Republican. Less fantastic is the version of a special operation of Ukrainian (or Israeli?) Special Services to deliberately steal a laptop and change the contained information to discredit Biden as a «Chinese agent» and supporter of lifting sanctions on Iran. This is indirectly proofed by the fact that Hunter was rather careless about personal things and could create excellent conditions for stealing his laptop during numerous alcoholic adventures that regularly took place surrounded by Ukrainian colleagues from Burisma. By the way, until the middle of 2019, he was listed as a member of the board of directors, taking part in its meetings from time to time.

As a result, Zelensky did not earn much gratitude from the Democrats, having been late with the choice of priorities. However, the «Ukrainian issue» undoubtedly remains on the agenda. It will spoil the mood of the leadership of the US Democrat Party for a long time and is likely to become one of the plots of the upcoming electoral battles along with the «Chinese dossier.» The Democrats are forced to defend themselves and to hide the consequences of their past acts. On Apr 6, Hunter himself presented his memoirs «Beautiful Things,» where he told about his work in Burisma and the circumstances of the loss of the ill-fated laptop. Refuting his father’s apparent involvement in the Ukrainian case, Hunter described colorfully in his book and during numerous interviews after its presentation the way he spent money received from Burisma. He allegedly transmitted nothing to his father and did not even consult on the employment account. But the Republicans, apparently, do not intend to archive the Burisma case. It can be proved by Mike McCormick’s having mentioned the case recently. McCormick is a stenographer of the White House, whose book «Unauthorized Biden» in 2020 became one of the bright examples of Trumpian propaganda.

The fourth question four: instead of a conclusion

The material was ready for publication on the website when the news of the appointment of a certain Amos Hochstein as a special representative of the US president to counter the construction of Nord Stream 2 appeared.

A publication on the website of the Ukrainian portal «NABULEAKS»: a screenshot from the official website
of Naftogaz with general information on A Hochstein

Unlike Hunter, this American is not only a personal protégé of Biden, but also a real pro in oil and gas affairs. He began his career as an employee of the apparatus of the US Democrat Party. He went in for economic policy issues of legislation on export control, trade sanctions, most favorable regimes in trade with foreign countries and the US participation in international economic organizations during his work in the party subcommittee. In 2011, Hochstein joined the Energy Resources Agency of the State Dept. Shortly he was appointed deputy for energy affairs of the US Ambassador to Ukraine Carlos Pascual. On Aug 1 2014, Hochstein became a special envoy and the coordinator of international energy projects, in fact, the main US energy diplomat and the right hand of Vice President Joe Biden in his activities on the use of energy as an instrument of US foreign policy. Hochstein accompanied Biden on all international trips, attended negotiations with officials and executives of major energy corporations. Amos Hochstein told in an interview to NYT:

I’ve attended almost every meeting that Joe Biden held with President Petro Poroshenko. I’ve participated in his every trip. I’ve been in the room while he held his telephone calls.

Article on Ukrainian NABULEAKS: Joseph Biden and Amos Hochstein (standing face to face) in an aircraft

However, his hour of triumph came after “the revolution of dignity” in Ukraine. In Aug 2014 numerous representatives of the different American government and private organizations and funds visited Kyiv joining the fight for the Ukrainian power assets. Even George Soros, the ideologist of the American globalism and a spiritual leader of Democrat Party of the US, reportedly visited the Ukrainian capital in Nov 2014 to discuss the reforming of state-owned Naftogaz natural gas company. The billionaire held a number of meetings with Andrey Kobolev, who was the head of Naftogaz, and his senior adviser Yury Vitrenko. Hochstein was the one who managed the transformation of Naftogaz. As a result, McKinsey & Company management and consulting firm was contracted to reform the company, and in Dec 2015 the supervisory board that included foreign citizens was actually headed by Amos Hochstein also headed is created. This “supervisory board” got large legal powers on control and management of company’s activities. It approved all the agreements, deals, payments, and supplies. And exactly at that period of time the Ukraine learned a new term – REVERSE.

In 2014, Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s government cancelled Russian gas direct supplies, saying it was unacceptable to do business with the “aggressor state.” Instead, Kyiv started to buy the same Russian gas from the European suppliers according to the so-called “reverse scheme” when the gas had to arrive on the EU territory first, then to be pumped over to Ukraine. In reality, the “reverse” actually never existed. The gas meter was working, accounting documents were processed, money was transferred, but the Russian gas never left Ukraine. At the same time the Ukrainian consumers had to pay the European companies a margin for gas supplies to Ukraine. In 2015-2018 the average price of gas in the European Union was $211 per 1k m3. Naftogaz bought it from the European companies for $246 per 1k m3, for the price that is $35 higher (almost 15%). Having all that in mind one can calculate that the annual purchases in 8.5 bcm of gas, Naftogaz overpaid the suppliers about $300, that make about $2b during the period from 2015 to 2020!

Article on Ukrainian NABULEAKS: Average gas price and import from Europe

What were these suppliers? All of them are well-known. The largest is “ERU trading” (“Energy resources of Ukraine”). The company controlled up to 8% of all “reverse” market. The owner of this firm is the US citizen Andrey Favorov, who is living in Moscow and has close ties with Ukraine’s Odessa city. In the 2000s he worked in the European offices of the AES, the American energy company, from where he came to the Ukrainian gas business. But the most important is that he is a close friend of Andrey Kobolev and his partner, and since 2018, his deputy in Naftogaz (it should be noted that the same year his company was rebranded as “WORLAND TRADING.”)

Publication on the website of the Ukrainian portal «NABULEAKS»: Composition of the ERU Holding
and its revenue data in 2015-2018

It is clear that all these schemes could not remain out of sight of the supervisory committee and personally Amos Hochstein. From all appearances, the American is the main inventor, as well as the manager of the reverse scheme, which allows the US Democrat Party to participate in receiving corruption superannuation in the Ukrainian energy market. It is significant that according to telephone conversations, which were made public by Derkach, Biden was forced to repeatedly ask Poroshenko to do nothing with Hochstein and not to dismiss Kobolev and other Naftogaz leaders. The first time, Yatsenyuk government resigned and the second time just before Trump inauguration in Dec 2016. Retaining the integrity of the reverse scheme even after its departure to the opposition, the Democrats continued to receive astronomical funds in 2017-2019. These incomes were tens or even hundreds of times higher than even millions of proceeds from «Burisma.»

Publication on the website of the Ukrainian portal «NABULEAKS»: «Protection» of corruption schemes
in the gas market of Ukraine and channels for bringing illegally obtained funds to offshore

In this light, a new round of American administration struggle against «Nord Stream 2» looks completely different. As for Trump the first place was the interests of national producers of liquefied natural gas, whose products he wanted to replace the supply of Russian gas to the EU, but for Biden, this is probably about personal finance. The launch of a new gas pipeline will lead to a drop in Russian gas supplies through Ukraine. And it means a decrease in the volume of «reverse» and a drop in the income of importing companies controlled by Hochstein and his Washington patrons. There are still a lot of questions in this story. But it is already obvious that the potential devastating effect of the «Hochstein case» can far exceed the consequences of the scandal with «Burisma.» And there is another noteworthy circumstance. Biden proteges in the Ukrainian government decided to strengthen the NSDC with their verified personnel for the information cover of their machinations. For instance, the notorious Polina Chizh, one of the defendants in the scandal of information leak from NABU to the the US Embassy in Kiev as well as the organizer of the harassment of Prosecutor General Shokin in the spring of 2016, was appointed to the post of head of the center for combating misinformation. Apparently, with her submission, all corruption revelations will henceforth be qualified as misinformation that threatens the security of the state.

Persons:
Joe Biden – President of the United States;
Vladimir Zelensky – President of Ukraine;
Petro Poroshenko – the former President of Ukraine;
Andrey Derkach – People’s Deputy of Ukraine;
Arseny Yatsenyuk – Ukrainian politician and businessman, Ukrainian Prime Minister (02.2014-04.2016)
Nikolay Zlochevsky – Ukrainian politician and businessman, former minister of ecology and natural resources of Ukraine, deputy chief of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on economic issues (04.2012-02.2014).
Hunter Biden – American lawyer and businessman, the son of US President Joe Biden, a member of the Board of the Burisma Group Holding (since 04.2014);
Hillary Clinton – American politician, Sec State (2009-2013), the US presidential nominee (2016);
Devon Archer – Member of the Management Board of the Burisma Group Holding;
Viktor Shokin – Ukrainian politician, Prosecutor General of Ukraine (02.2015-04.2016);
Amos Hochstein – member of the Supervisory Board of Naftogaz;
Rudy Giuliani – American politician and businessman, personal attorney of the US president Donald Trump
Oleksandr Dubinsky
Andriy Kobolyev
Andriy Favorov
Polina Chyzh
George Soros

Organizations:
ERU Trading – Energy Resources of Ukraine»;
Burisma Holdings – private gas production group in Ukraine;
NABU – National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine;
McKinsey & Company

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