Transparency International ranks Ukraine as the most corrupt European nation save for Russia. The worst individual malefactor also happened to own the company that paid Hunter Biden millions to sit on its corporate board. Like so many instances of graft, pennies invested became dollars protected. Hunter Biden came cheap.
“In the spring of 2014, the Ukrainian government, the new government after the Revolution of Dignity, turned to partners, particularly the U.S. and the UK, to try to recover tens of billions of dollars of stolen assets,” the State Department’s George Kent testified during the impeachment hearings. “The first case that we tried to recover that money came from Mr. [Mykola] Zlochevsky.” Kent noted that after an unnamed figure unfroze seized Zlochevsky assets “that money went poof” and estimated “stolen assets” amounting to tens of billions of dollars “were in the name of the owner of Burisma, Mykola Zlochevsky. He was the one who we believed had stolen the money.”
That same year, when Zlochesky faced the very first anti-corruption case under the new, pro-Western regime, his company named Hunter Biden, who eventually pocketed millions from the position, to its board. Two years later, a prosecutor investigating Burisma lost his job after pressure from Hunter Biden’s father. “I said, ‘I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars,’ ” Biden later boasted of his threats to Ukraine’s leaders. “I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here in’ — I think it was about six hours — 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 got fired.”