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MPs demand Zelensky, Trump investigate suspicion of U.S.-Ukraine corruption involving $7.4 bln
Interfax-Ukraine ^ | November 20, 2019

Posted on 11/20/2019 8:16:10 AM PST by COUNTrecount

KYIV. Nov 20 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrainian members of parliament have demanded the presidents of Ukraine and the United States, Volodymyr Zelensky and Donald Trump, investigate suspicions of the legalization of $7.4 billion by the "family" of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych through the American investment fund Franklin Templeton Investments, which they said has ties to the U.S. Democratic Party.

At a press conference at the Interfax-Ukraine agency on Wednesday, MP Andriy Derkach announced that deputies have received new materials from investigative journalists about international corruption and the participation of Ukrainian officials in it.

"Last week, November 14, the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO), unnoticed by the media, announced a new suspicion to the notorious owner of Burisma, ex-Ecology Minister Zlochevsky. According to the suspicion, the Yanukovych family is suspected, in particular, with legalizing (laundering) of criminally obtained income through Franklin Templeton Investments, an investment fund carrying out purchases of external government loan bonds totaling $7.4 billion," Derkach said.

With reference to the investigation, he emphasized: it was money criminally obtained by the "family" of Yanukovych and invested in the purchase of Ukrainian debt in 2013-2014.

For his part, MP Oleksandr Dubinsky from the Servant of the People faction said that according to investigators, "the Yanukovych 'family' illegally obtained $7.4 billion and laundered the funds through an investment fund close to some representatives of the U.S. Democratic Party in the form of external government loan bonds."

Meanwhile, Derkach said that several facts indicate Franklin Templeton Investments' relationship with the U.S. Democratic Party.

"The son of Templeton's founder, John Templeton Jr., was one of President Obama's major campaign donors. Another fund-related character is Thomas Donilon. Managing Director of BlackRock Investment Institute, shareholder Franklin Templeton Investments, which has the largest share in the fund. It is noteworthy that he previously was Obama's national security advisor," Derkach said.

The MP said that the presidents of Ukraine and the United States should combine the efforts of the two countries to establish facts of corruption and money laundering with the participation of citizens of both countries.

"President Zelensky must pick up the phone, dial Trump, ask for help and cooperation in the fight against corruption and fly to Washington. The issue of combating international corruption in Ukraine with the participation of citizens, businessmen and U.S. officials should become a key during the meeting of the two presidents," he said.

Derkach said as a result of the meeting, it is necessary to build interaction between the Ukrainian investigating authorities and the U.S. Department of Justice to obtain information about the organizers of the bond issue, clients and beneficiaries of investment funds for each purchase, interrogate fund officials, etc.

As reported, on October 9, 2019, Derkach published official correspondence between NABU and the U.S. Embassy, according to which the first deputy of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), Gizo Uglava, through his assistant Polina Chyzh, for a long time provided the U.S. Embassy with information that negatively affected the course of events in Ukraine and the United States.

Derkach said Chyzh received instructions from the representative of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine Hanna Emelyanova to provide information on the case involving Zlochevsky.

Derkach also announced the amount of money transferred to representatives of the Burisma Group, including Hunter Biden. According to documents, in general, in favor of Hunter Biden, Alexander Kwasniewski, Alan Apter and Devon Archer, Burisma paid about $16.5 million.

According to Derkach, ex-Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin repeatedly appealed to the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk in the framework of criminal proceedings for Burisma, but constantly received formal responses. The activities of Shokin, according to the MP, irritated then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during his fifth visit to Kyiv in two years. The visit on December 7-8, 2015, was devoted to solving the issue of Shokin's resignation for the affairs of Zlochevsky and Burisma, he said.

"The subject of pressure was the $1 billion credit guarantee that the United States should have provided to Ukraine: Biden himself acknowledged the pressure in his speech to the U.S. Foreign Relations Council in January 2018," Derkach said.


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Also on the front page of today’s Interfax news agency in Ukraine — the largest and most respected news service in Ukraine. Interfax UA integrates with US news orgs. Reuters and Bloomberg but neither is reporting this story.
1 posted on 11/20/2019 8:16:10 AM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

They sure aren’t asking Clinton, Biden, Kerry, Mueller, or Obama to investigate this are they?


2 posted on 11/20/2019 8:20:20 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (All I know is The I read in the papers.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Something tells me this will be a topic in today’s hearing. Systemic corruption in Ukraine involving Democrats including Biden and his son.


3 posted on 11/20/2019 8:22:14 AM PST by Gahanna Bob
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To: COUNTrecount

Time to fill that bucket of popcorn.


4 posted on 11/20/2019 8:22:46 AM PST by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: COUNTrecount

This is why Sondland contradicted himself today and Ken Starr suggested the GOP Senators make a visit to the White House. They’re directly over the target now and the Swamp Critters are in full panic.


5 posted on 11/20/2019 8:23:25 AM PST by dowcaet
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To: COUNTrecount

Dems truly have opened an international can of worms in their attempt to take down Trump


6 posted on 11/20/2019 8:23:52 AM PST by RummyChick
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To: COUNTrecount
Ol' Zelensky had better watch it - they might impeach him!

RE:which they said has ties to the U.S. Democratic Party -

Everything dirty has ties to the Democrat party.

7 posted on 11/20/2019 8:23:54 AM PST by grobdriver (BUILD KATE'S WALL!)
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To: COUNTrecount

Uh Oh... me thinks Pelousy will now move to shut “Inquiry” down...things getting too hot and close to truth


8 posted on 11/20/2019 8:25:07 AM PST by goodnesswins (Want to know your family genealogy? Run for political office.)
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To: COUNTrecount

There ya go, Mr. President. Have at it. Announce an investigation. Then we’ll see whose fingers are in the cookie jar. Or whatever Ukranians call the container that holds their sweet snacks.


9 posted on 11/20/2019 8:25:49 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would be have noandards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Gahanna Bob

It is simple we give you a few billion and you kick back a hundred million..

and help us dig up dirt on Trump

It is the GOP we have to worry about..the Senate would love to get rid of Trump...

But the Democrats have not moved Trump poll numbers ..or have anything against him yet


10 posted on 11/20/2019 8:25:50 AM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Texas Eagle

If he doesn’t announce an investigation he is toast.


11 posted on 11/20/2019 8:28:35 AM PST by I got the rope
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To: COUNTrecount

Now we know what hunter was doing - managing the payments to his commie buddies in the US.


12 posted on 11/20/2019 8:30:47 AM PST by fruser1
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To: I got the rope

I don’t know about that but it will certainly create some interest in the hearings. Isn’t that what they want? Call it a Schiff Storm.


13 posted on 11/20/2019 8:31:20 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would be have noandards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: fruser1

Exactly. It was a money laundering operation.


14 posted on 11/20/2019 8:32:13 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would be have noandards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: COUNTrecount

I will state it again, Trump is ruining the illegal money kickbacks from the Ukraine. We send them billions and they give the Democrats back millions.


15 posted on 11/20/2019 8:33:24 AM PST by IC Ken (Stop making stupid people famous)
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To: COUNTrecount
...they said has ties to the U.S. Democratic Party. That's what this is really about.
16 posted on 11/20/2019 8:39:59 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.)
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17 posted on 11/20/2019 8:42:51 AM PST by COUNTrecount ("I've always won, and I'm going to continue to win. And that's the way it is." -- Donald Trump)
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To: COUNTrecount

If I never hear another word about the Ukraine, I’ll be one happy Deplorable.

Nothing personal, if you or your family come from that area. I have known a few Ukrainians.
Similar culture to Russians. Not very similar to most Chechens, who continue to fight for their independence from Mother Russia.


18 posted on 11/20/2019 8:47:24 AM PST by lee martell
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To: DakotaGator

Time to fill that bucket of popcorn.


No joke. Here is the rub. The US mediacrats are totally in the tank for the DNC so it is unlikely there will be any coverage of this or very little. However, per our treaty with Ukraine regarding corruption I believe our law enforcement folks now have to look into it if they are making a formal request?


19 posted on 11/20/2019 8:47:29 AM PST by volunbeer (Find the truth and accept it - anything else is delusional)
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To: Texas Eagle
Since we have a treaty for this with the Ukraine, I would think the President is following the treaty by accepting their formal request. Of course, the Democrat marketing department, aka the news media, will desperately spin this.
20 posted on 11/20/2019 8:49:52 AM PST by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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