by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog
In order to understand why Ukraine’s President Voldomyr Zelensky doesn’t want the dirt about Joe Biden to become public, one needs to know that Hunter Biden’s boss and benefactor at Burisma Holdings was, at least partly, Zelensky’s boss and benefactor until Zelensky became Ukraine’s President, and that revealing this would open up a can of worms which could place that former boss and benefactor of both men into prison at lots of places.
First, the falsehoods in the press have to be documented here, since this article will go up against virtually all U.S.-and-allied reporting on these events. And, in order to do such a thing, the bona fides of my main sources need to be presented:
Naked Capitalism is, as the article about it at Wikipedia, says, the blog of Susan Webber, pen-named “Yves Smith,” who “graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School. She had 20 years of experience in the financial services industry with Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Co., and Sumitomo Bank. She has written articles for the New York Times, Bloomberg, and the Roosevelt Institute.” “The site has had over 60 million visitors since 2007, and was cited as among CNBC’s 2012 top 25 ‘Best Alternative Financial Blogs’, calling Smith ‘a harsh critic of Wall Street who believes that fraud was at the center of the financial crisis’.” “The New York Times financial reporter Gretchen Morgenson cited Naked Capitalism as one of the ‘must-read financial blogs’ she reads regularly.”
Her blog is widely respected amongst both scholars and experts in the field of finance, and is among the top go-to sites for trustworthy investigative news reporting in their highly complex field. So as to be able to achieve this high degree of respect, day in and day out, for decades, she carefully selects and relies upon the expertise of a small team of investigators, one of whom is Richard Smith, who has done around 200 articles for her site. One of these was dated 21 May 2014 and headlined “R. Hunter Biden Should Declare Who Really Owns His New Ukrainian Employer, Burisma Holdings”, and it reported that the U.S. Vice President’s son had become “a new member of the board” and that this “Ukrainian energy company has retained the counsel of the vice president’s son and the Secretary of State’s close family friend and top campaign bundler.” Since these men were being paid by the corporation’s owner, Mr. Smith researched extensively to find out who that was, or they were. He reported “what one careful Ukrainian journalist dug up in 2012”:
“Burisma changed owners last year [in 2011]: instead of Zlochevsky and Lisin, the company was taken over by a Cypriot off-shore enterprise called Brociti Investments Ltd. Pari and Esko-Pivnich” and a “third company was already waiting for them in the same building – the above-mentioned Ukrnaftoburinnya,” and “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,” which “is a conglomerate controlled by the ferocious Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky,” who “is one of the oligarchs charged with holding down the Eastern provinces of Ukraine,” and who “is far too ebulliently Jewish to look like a neo-Nazi. A US connection with Kolomoisky might play well in circles keen to counter Russian complaints that the interim Kiev regime is dominated by ‘fascists’.” Those quotations are from Mr. Smith’s article, but the following is not. Examining the documents myself, I note especially that at their end is the conclusion: “Thus, Ihor Kolomoisky managed to seize the largest reserves of natural gas in Ukraine.” This was the conclusion of the “careful Ukrainian journalist,” which was actually not one but a team of three, who were employed at a Ukrainian non-profit, the Anticorruption Action Centre, which specialized in tracking down the actual persons who controlled corporations and which had a particular focus on finding “Offshore fronts for Yanukovych.” Yanukovych was the democratically elected Ukrainian President, who took office on 25 February 2010. So: this non-profit was an anti-Yanukovych organization, writing more than two years into his Presidency, on 28 August 2012.
A certain historical background is essential here; and this, too, goes up against American ‘news’-reporting and will therefore be linked to articles that, in turn, link to ultimate sources that are of unquestioned reliability on each of the particulars that are in question: There was a coup in Ukraine in February 2014, which is portrayed in the West as being a democratic revolution (but was actually a coup hidden behind anticorruption demonstrations, and that was entirely illegal), and it replaced the democratically elected President by a ruler who was selected by Victoria Nuland, whose boss was Secretary of State John Kerry, whose boss was Barack Obama. Nuland had been originally a protégé of Vice President Dick Cheney, and then of Kerry’s immediate predecessor Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Obama assigned Nuland to carry out his plan for Ukraine, which plan was to turn its government away from being friendly toward its next-door neighbor Russia to becoming instead a satellite of the United States against Ukraine’s next-door neighbor. Consequently, fascists, and even outright racist-fascists (nazis), people who came from the groups that had supported Hitler against Stalin during World War II, were installed into this new government, such as the co-founder of the Social Nationalist Party of Ukraine, Andriy Parubiy. (The CIA instructed that Party, which was Ukraine’s main nazi party, to change its name to “Freedom Party” — Svoboda — so as to become acceptable to Americans; and Paribuy and his colleagues did it, in order to help the U.S. Government to fool the American people about what the U.S. was doing in Ukraine.)
At least until Zelensky was elected, Ukraine’s Government remained fascist. And so is Kolomoysky himself, as I had reported about him on 18 May 2014. As I reported there,
On 12 May 2014, Burisma Holdings announced, “Hunter Biden Joins the Team of Burisma Holdings,” and reported that, “Burisma Holdings, Ukraine’s largest private gas producer, has expanded its Board of Directors by bringing on Mr. R Hunter Biden as a new director. R. Hunter Biden will be in charge of the Holdings’ legal unit and will provide support for the Company among international organizations.”
Promptly, Burisma’s website started presenting Burisma as if if were a Ukrainian-American if not outright American corporation. Devon Archer, shown there, was a business-partner of Hunter Biden. As the Washington Examiner reported, on 27 August 2019:
At the time, Hunter Biden, now 49, and Christopher Heinz, the stepson of then-Secretary of State John Kerry, co-owned Rosemont Seneca Partners, a $2.4 billion private equity firm. Heinz’s college roommate, Devon Archer, was managing partner in the firm. In the spring of 2014, Biden and Archer joined the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas company that was at the center of a U.K. money laundering probe. Over the next year, Burisma reportedly paid Biden and Archer’s companies over $3 million.
Subsequently, both Hunter Biden and Devon Archer were removed from Burisma’s board and replaced by a four-person board, which mysteriously had included ever since May 2013 (which still was after Zlochevsky no longer controlled the company) Alan Apter, of Sullivan & Cromwell, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Renaissance Capital. Apter now became the “Chairman of the Board of Directors”. Here are the other three Directors: Aleksander Kwaśniewski was the President of the Republic of Poland from 1995 to 2005 when it was being taken over by America, and when Kwaśniewski was also a member of the Atlantic Council (NATO’s PR arm), and of the Bilderberg Group. Joseph Cofer Black was the Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center (1999-2002) and Ambassador at Large for counter-terrorism (2002-2004), while President George W. Bush was lying America into invading Iraq, and Black subsequently became the Vice Chairman at Blackwater Worldwide (now Academi), which the Bush Government hired to train and arm mercenaries to help conquer Iraq. (Blackwater/Academi is owned by Erik Prince, the brother of Betsy DeVos of the Amway fortune, who is the Trump Secretary of Education, and Prince also is a personal friend of Trump. Obama’s Government also hired Blackwater/Academi to kill independence fighters in the Dnieper Donets Basin, where Burisma owns the drilling rights for gas.) And the fourth Director is Karina Zlochevska, whom the site identifies hardly at all, but is actually the daughter of Mykola Zlochevsky. In other words: Zlochevsky probably does remain as a minority owner of the company, and she represents his interests there.
Virtually all of the Western press simply alleges that Mykola Zlochevsky owns Burisma Holdings and brought Biden on board and was his boss; however, I have never seen from any of those ‘news’-reports any evidence or documentation that it’s true — nothing like the sources that Richard Smith relied upon and linked to documenting that this was Kolomoysky’s company. Nothing, at all.
This is important — is it Zlochevsky or Kolomoysky? — because Zlochevsky was associated with the prior Government of Ukraine and its President Viktor Yanukovych, whom the U.S. Government had overthrown in an operation that started in 2011 and that ended very successfully in February 2014 with the American Government’s Victoria Nuland on 27 January 2014 telling the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine to get “Yats” Yatsenyuk appointed to run the country as soon as Yanukovych becomes successfully overthrown — which happened less than a month later, during February 20-22 — and Yatsenyuk then received the appointment on February 26th to run the country, just as Obama’s agent Nuland had instructed. Zlochevsky fled the country, because he had been politically allied with Yanukovych, who also fled the country. Obama’s Government constantly tried to get Zlochevsky prosecuted for alleged corruption, but Zlochevsky had sold the company to Kolomoysky even before Obama took over Ukraine. It’s not at all clear that Hunter Biden had ever so much as just met Zlochevsky.
Joseph Biden, as is well reported in the press, instructed the new Ukrainian Government to fire and replace the General Prosecutor of Ukraine, Viktor Shokin, who had failed to prosecute Zlochevsky, and this action by Joe is reported as indicating that the senior Biden granted his son’s employer no favor but instead the opposite — that Joe insisted upon Hunter’s boss’s prosecution.
For example, James Risen, of The Intercept, which is owned by one of the financial backers of the overthrow of Yanukovych, Pierre Omidyar (see this and this and this and this and this and this), headlined on September 25th, “I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine Years Ago. Then the Right-Wing Spin Machine Turned the Story Upside Down.”, and Risen reported that:
The then-vice president issued his demands for greater anti-corruption measures by the Ukrainian government despite the possibility that those demands would actually increase – not lessen — the chances that Hunter Biden and Burisma would face legal trouble in Ukraine.
Risen reported there that V.P. Biden’s “anti-corruption message might be undermined by the association of his son Hunter with one of Ukraine’s largest natural gas companies, Burisma Holdings, and with its owner, Mykola Zlochevsky.”
However, none of that press says Kolomoysky owned the company and was its boss. The presumption there is always that Zlochevsky needed to be prosecuted — not that Kolomoysky did. Kolomoysky is simply being written out of the picture altogether — whited-out from it
Also as is typical, the New York Times reported, on 1 May 2019, that Mykola Zlochevsky is the “owner of Burisma Holdings” and that “Mr. Lutsenko initially continued investigating Mr. Zlochevsky and Burisma, but cleared him of all charges within 10 months of taking office. The prosecutor general reversed himself and reopened an investigation into Burisma this year. Some see his decision as an effort to curry favor with the Trump administration.” For some mysterious reason, that article not only says that the replacement Prosecutor tried and failed and now tried again to prosecute Zlochevsky but that “Some see his decision as an effort to curry favor with the Trump administration,” though, actually, it was the Obama Administration that had been pressing Ukraine’s Government to prosecute Zlochevsky, who wasn’t Hunter Biden’s boss and didn’t control Burisma and was associated not with the 2014 Obama-installed Government of Ukraine but instead with the Government that had preceded it and was the last of all Ukraine’s democratic Governments, having been democratically elected by all of Ukraine including the two regions (Crimea and Donbass) that broke away from Ukraine when Obama in February 2014 overthrew the Government that those two now-breakaway regions had voted for, by over 75% in that 2010 election.
And here is from Wikipedia’s article on “Viktor Shokin”:
Since 2012, the Ukrainian prosecutor general had been investigating oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, owner of the oil and natural gas company Burisma Holdings, over allegations of money laundering, tax evasion, and corruption. In 2014, then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden‘s son, Hunter Biden, joined the board of directors of Burisma Holdings. In 2015, Shokin became the prosecutor general, inheriting the investigation. The Obama administration and other governments and non-governmental organizations soon became concerned that Shokin was not adequately pursuing corruption in Ukraine, was protecting the political elite, and was regarded as “an obstacle to anti-corruption efforts”. Among other issues, he was slow-walking the investigation into Zlochevsky and Burisma – to the extent that Obama officials were considering launching their own criminal investigation into the company for possible money laundering.
In March 2016, Joe Biden threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that if he did not fire Shokin, that the US would hold back its $1 billion in loan guarantees. “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. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.” Shokin was dismissed by Parliament later that month.
Shokin claimed in May 2019 that he had been investigating Burisma Holdings. However, Vitaliy Kasko, who had been Shokin’s deputy overseeing international cooperation before resigning in February 2016 citing corruption in the office, provided documents to Bloomberg News indicating that under Shokin, the investigation into Burisma had been dormant. Hunter Biden’s ties to Burisma Holdings was criticized as a conflict of interest in a New York Times editorial, though Amos Hochstein has claimed to have never seen coordination between Joe Biden and his son on the matter.
And here is from Wikipedia’s Article on “Burisma Holdings”:
Burisma Group was founded in 2002 by Ukrainian businessman Mykola Zlochevsky and Nikolay Lysin [uk]. Now it is owned by Mykola Zlochevskyi [uk], who was minister of natural resources under Viktor Yanukovych. Zlochevsky returned to Ukraine in February 2018 after the corruption investigations into his Burisma Holdings had been completed in December 2017 with no charges filed against him.
So, the myth that Zlochevsky was Hunter Biden’s boss and benefactor at Burisma isn’t only in the ‘news’-media that are controlled by U.S. Deep State that controls the CIA, which controls America’s major ‘news’-media, but it is also in the Web’s main encyclopedia, Wikipedia, which is not only edited by the CIA, but also, to some extent, written by the CIA.
Furthermore, the CIA was the ‘whistleblower’ that made the impeachment-charge to the Democratic Party head of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Adam Schiff, who is the lead proponent of impeaching Donald Trump so that Trump can then become tried in the U.S. Senate, which then would possess the power to replace Trump and make President the current Vice President, Mike Pence, which Democrats, for some unexplained reason, seem to hope will happen. As Reuters reported on September 26th, “The whistleblower is a CIA officer and was assigned at one point to work at the White House, two sources familiar with the probe into his complaint said. The New York Times first identified the whistleblower as a CIA officer, which Reuters confirmed.” That report also asserted:
The call occurred after Trump had ordered a freeze of nearly $400 million in American aid to Ukraine, which was only later released. Before the call, Ukraine’s government was told that interaction between Zelenskiy and Trump depended on whether the Ukrainian leader would “play ball,” the whistleblower said.
The report said Trump acted to advance his personal political interests, risking national security.
“I am deeply concerned that the actions described below constitute ‘a serious or flagrant problem, abuse, or violation of law or executive order,’” the whistleblower complaint, dated Aug. 12, said.
The same CIA whose lies had ‘justified’ America’s invading Iraq in 2003, and invading Libya in 2011, and invading Syria starting in 2012 (and extending there up till at least 2018), is now ‘justifying’ congressional Democrats to replace Trump by Pence if they possibly can.
And Kolomoysky might be one of the world’s biggest thieves. On 19 April 2019, Graham Stack reported for OCCRP, a U.S.-and-allied-funded nonprofit anti-corruption investigatory organization that
“‘Large-scale coordinated fraudulent actions of the bank [PrivatBank] shareholders and management caused a loss to the state of at least $5.5 billion,’ [Valeria] Hontareva [former chair of Ukranie’s central bank] said in March 2018. ‘This is 33 percent of the population’s deposits … [and] 40 percent of our country’s monetary base.’ … By the time regulators took over PrivatBank, the $5.5 billion had already been transferred to banks in Austria, Luxembourg, and Latvia. From there, the trail goes cold. … This account is based on a forensic audit by Kroll, the U.S.-based corporate investigation and risk consulting firm. The report … is based on PrivatBank’s own records and was obtained exclusively by OCCRP. … Ukraine nationalized PrivatBank in December 2016, saddling taxpayers with a $5.9 billion bailout.”
There’s nothing that Zlochevsky was even accused of which exceeded tens of millions of dollars in losses. In Ukraine, that’s tiny.
Furthermore, the estimable and reliably accurate Moscow investigative journalist John Helmer reported on 19 February 2015 that “In March 2014, days after the ouster of Yanukovich in Kiev and the installation of a new regime, the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) started investigating Zlochevsky. According to the evidence it presented to the Central Criminal Court between March and December of 2014, and according to Justice Blake, who assessed the evidence, there is no mention of Lisin, Deripon, Burrard or Kolomoisky.” Obama’s people (there via the U.S. regime’s lap-dog UK) were targeting Zlochevsky, certainly not Kolomoysky, who was instead on their team.
Zelensky, prior to becoming Ukraine’s President, had been the star of a popular comedy series on Ukrainian television that was telecast by Ihor Kolomoysky’s 1+1 Media group. On 19 May 2014, Forbes published a shockingly honest article, by Vladimir Golstein, “Why Everything You’ve Read About Ukraine Is Wrong”, which mentioned, about Kolomoysky, that,
His business holdings include the largest Ukrainian media group, “1+1 Media,” the news agency “Unian,” as well as various internet sites, which enable him to whip public opinion into an anti-Putin frenzy. Andrew Higgins of The New York Times published a story with the headline, “Among Ukraine’s Jews, the Bigger Worry is Putin, Not Pogroms,” which praises Kolomoisky for adorning Dnepropetrovsk with “the world’s biggest Jewish community center” along with “a high tech Holocaust museum.” Higgins notes, however, that the museum “skirts the delicate issue of how some Ukrainian nationalists collaborated with Nazis.
Kolomoysky himself had become installed by the Obama Administration’s Ukrainian agents as the Governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine where his approximately $5 billion financial empire was based, and which in its north extends into the Dnieper Donets Basin where Burisma owns the drilling rights for gas. As this last link indicates, that Basin “is the major oil and gas producing region of Ukraine accounting for approximately 90 per cent of Ukrainian production and according to EIA may have 42 tcf of shale gas resources technically recoverable from 197 tcf of risked shale gas in place.” That article, from the investment-oriented website Zero Hedge, sums up:
In a nutshell, Ukraine (or rather its puppetmasters) has decided to let no crisis (staged or otherwise) or rather civil war, go to waste, and while the fighting rages all around, Ukrainian troopers are helping to install shale gas production equipment near the east Ukrainian town of Slavyansk, which was bombed and shelled [by the Obama-installed Government] for the three preceding months, according to local residents cited by Itar Tass. The reason for the scramble? Under peacetime, the process was expected to take many years, during which Europe would be under the energy dictatorship of Putin. But throw in some civil war and few will notice let alone care that a process which was expected to take nearly a decade if not longer while dealing with broad popular objections to fracking, may instead be completed in months!
Ukraine’s bombing of that region (for examples, this and this and this) was in order to clear the land for a massive fracking operation. However, it turned out that not only Kolomoysky’s operation with Shell in the Dnieper Donets Basin in Ukraine’s far east, but also the Ukrainian Government’s own gas-exploration operation with Chevron in western Ukraine’s Olesska field, were uneconomic; or, as I headlined about them on 16 December 2014, “Ukraine’s Two Big Gas Deals Are Now Both Dry”. It seems that if Hunter Biden is to become a billionaire, it won’t come from Ukrainian gas. (Nor, of course will it have come from Zlochevsky, which the news-media would have it to be.)
As was reported on 20 May 2014 by Israel Shamir at the website of Paul Craig Roberts, under the headline “The Ukraine in Turmoil” (and his article there was the first comprehensive and accurate summary of what had recently happened to Ukraine):
These people had brought Ukraine to its present abject state. In 1991, the Ukraine was richer than Russia, today it is three times poorer because of these people’s mismanagement and theft. Now they plan an old trick: to take loans in Ukraine’s name, pocket the cash and leave the country indebted. They sell state assets to Western companies and ask for NATO to come in and protect the investment.
They play a hard game, brass knuckles and all. The Black Guard, a new SS-like armed force of the neo-nazi Right Sector, prowls the land. They arrest or kill dissidents, activists, journalists. Hundreds of American soldiers, belonging to the “private” company Academi (formerly Blackwater) are spread out in Novorossia [Donbass, the far-eastern region that became independent after Obama’s coup], the pro-Russian provinces in the East and South-East. IMF–dictated reforms slashed pensions by half and doubled the housing rents. In the market, US Army rations took the place of local food.
The new Kiev regime had dropped the last pretence of democracy by expelling the Communists from the parliament. This should endear them to the US even more. Expel Communists, apply for NATO, condemn Russia, arrange a gay parade and you may do anything at all, even fry dozens of citizens alive. And so they did.
The harshest repressions were unleashed on industrial Novorossia, as its working class loathes the whole lot of oligarchs and ultra-nationalists. After the blazing inferno of Odessa and a wanton shooting on the streets of Melitopol the two rebellious provinces of Donetsk and Lugansk took up arms and declared their independence from the Kiev regime.
And then, to top it off, there is the brilliant pewreport blogger, who, on 27 July 2014, headlined “USAID to Help Young Biden: The Burisma File”, and that anonymous person succinctly laid out the use of the U.S. Government to enable the families of some of its top officials to join America’s aristocracy, the billionaire class. It’s something that Trump himself is intimately involved with and exploits, but if America’s national and international police-agencies such as the FBI and CIA are trying (first with Russiagate, and now with Ukrainegate) to replace him by Pence in order to enable another friend of Obama to become installed (like Hillary was supposed to have been) as President and Commander-in-Chief, then this struggle between the agents of America’s Democratic Party billionaires versus those of its Republican Party billionaires could end up having consequences that no one is predicting.
It’s also important to point out here that Zelensky’s predecessor, Poroshenko, was not Obama’s first choice to win the 25 May 2014 Ukrainian election that followed the February 2014 coup and installation of Yatsenyuk to run the country on an interim basis. Yatsenyuk was supposed to run it until that election (after which Yatsenyuk still continued long in office, and Obama pushed as hard as possible for President Poroshenko to continue Prime Minister Yatsenyuk’s policies). Obama’s first choice — and the planned winner — in the 25 May 2014 election, was an intense hater of Russia, Yulia Tymoshenko. Yatsenyuk had actually been her agent. Kolomoysky was perhaps her main financial backer. But she lost the election to Obama’s second choice, Poroshenko. Kolomoysky was enough of a supporter of Tymoshenko so that even after he returned to Ukraine on 16 May 2019 just prior to the latest Presidential election, he backed her even above Zelensky. But above all, he opposed Poroshenko, because Poroshenko had been forced by the main lenders to his Government to fire Kolomoysky as governor of Dnipropetrovsk and to nationalize his bankrupt PrivatBank due to Kolomoysky’s having been looting from Ukraine’s Government too much money via his bank and via his minority ownership of the Government’s gas company. Obama had wanted that money to go toward the war against Donbass, not into Kolomoysky’s pockets. (However, America’s Democratic-Party propaganda ‘non-profit’ Public Radio International gave a positive spin to Obama-team-member Kolomoysky even at the time of his firing by Poroshenko on 28 March 2015, saying of him, “He offered $10,000 bounties for captured pro-Russian insurgents. ‘People understand that this person came here to ensure stability,’ said Stanislav Zholudev, a local political analyst.” The euphemism “captured pro-Russian insurgents” was actually referring to their corpses — Kolomoysky was paying only for their corpses. Maybe for Obama-ites that’s “stability.” Kolomoysky was already paying the nazi Azov Battalion more than that per pro-Russian corpse, and now the Trump Administration wants Kolomoysky to be prosecuted for financial crimes instead of Zlochevsky to be prosecuted, and so Zelensky is being pushed one way by Democrats, and the opposite way by Republicans.) Kolomoysky has many enemies. The main holders of Ukraine’s debt are unknown, but besides Russia which had lent to the pre-coup Government (and were thus trying to get their senior money that’s owing from Ukraine to be paid to Russia before the newer creditors get theirs), they were said to be the IMF, America’s Franklin Templeton Fund, and Blackstone Group, the World Bank, and a group of mainly American billionaires “and private Eurobond holders” who are represented by the law firm of Weil Gotshal & Manges. The U.S. Government and EU countries were also said to be indirectly such holders via their ownership shares in the IMF and World Bank, but also perhaps more directly. (If Trump were a decent President, he’d be publicly pressing for the exact numbers on all of this.) Kolomoysky’s siphonings from Ukraine’s Government were at the expense of all of them. The pressures upon Poroshenko to halt it were mounting. And, so, Kolomoysky was fired; and, now, to the extent that Zelensky has to satisfy Kolomoysky, Zelensky (who publicly said of Kolomoysky “He is my business partner”) needs to resist some of the demands of the U.S. regime and of many other billionaires. Without their continued support, Ukraine’s Government will collapse in the short term instead of only (which is inevitable) in the long term. It’s no longer just a question of the Ukrainian regime’s war against Donbass. The change that Obama wrought is permanent, and Trump dithers back and forth about how to deal with it. He apparently has no strategy on that.
Zelensky might fear that if he complies with Trump’s request, then his own major benefactor, Kolomoysky, could end up in prison somewhere; and Trump might fear that if he presses Zelensky on that (as he did not do but Democrats say he did), then the entire Deep State — not only Democratic Party billionaires, but also now Republican ones — will become Trump’s enemies, and his 2020 re-election chances will therefore go to zero. Consequently: Trump will probably abandon the matter, and the till-now-unsupported and maybe unsupportable mere assumption, that Hunter Biden’s Ukrainian benefactor was Zlochevsky instead of Kolomoysky, will continue to be asserted virtually everywhere throughout the U.S. empire, for as long a time as the matter continues to remain in the ‘news’. Of course, if that turns out to be the case, then Joe Biden will continue to be portrayed in this matter as having been a crusader against corruption in Ukraine, instead of as having been the aspiring founder of yet another billionaire American dynasty.
Basically, the new Russiagate charges to replace Trump by Pence, Ukrainegate (as those charges were presented by the CIA ‘whistleblower’ on August 12th and published on September 26th), represent all of the Democratic Party’s billionaires, and many of the Republican Party’s ones, as well. It’s the pinnacle of the Obama-versus-Trump feud, because it represents the Democratic Party’s position on what was Obama’s top international achievement — his conquest (via a coup) against Ukraine. Trump refuses to condemn Obama’s coup against Ukraine, but if he cared about the truth, he would, and the worst that could happen to him then would be that, for once in his life, he’d be fighting for truth, and not just for himself. Apparently, that’s too big a leap for him to take.
What’s especially pathetic in all of this is that whenever the U.S. Government overthrows and destroys a country, it’s trumpeted as reflecting America’s standing-up for rule-of-law and opposition to corruption, and for support of democracy and protection of human rights; but whenever Russia or a nation that’s friendly toward Russia resists control by the U.S. and its allies, it’s portrayed as being a dictatorship and an opponent of democracy and of human rights. So, go figure.
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.
Your usual wonderfully high standard of investigative journalism Eric. I congratulate you and am grateful for your ongoing labors. Reading this piece brings a question which I would like your comment on, or anyone else on this good site for that matter. Eric and others are making clear that the CIA basically runs the American mass media. Of course they do. That is their responsibility, as agents of capitalist class control. Where would capitalism be without its most efficient political police. I read recently that Winston Churchill set up the American political spy police system in 1940 with the support of FDR. Of course this is but a branch of the British political police that control the BBC. If they did not run the mass media they would be delinquent in their responsibilities to their “owners.” So that being settled, my question is this; Would it be realistic, in your opinion, to suspect that any visibly concerted, mass media promoted, ideological campaign that comes at us over the main TV networks is actually a CIA black operation directed at the American people? Such as their enthusiasm for nailing Trump to the wall. Now that one is obvious. But then how many others are there?
To “Snow Leopard”: re. your “I read recently that Winston Churchill set up the American political spy police system in 1940 with the support of FDR”: I need to know about that. Please reply by providing either the title of the article of the URL to it. That would be most appreciated.
Maybe this is a site to start from
Juliet Woodbury, the sister of my late stepfather, Mark Lee Woodbury, was the head Librarian at the West [Greenwich] Village Library for years and years. She knew where the proverbial ‘bodies’ were buried in NYC. She once told me that in 1940, the [five] Rockefeller Brothers donated the entire thirty-ninth floor of the Rockefeller Center to the fledgling O.S.S., rent free.
That was pretty much the same gambit that applied when, in the immediate aftermath of the War, the same Boys bought up – and cleared – the neighborhood along the East River where the UN Headquarters was subsequently established. It also, was “donated” to the United Nations Organization, in the interests of ‘humanity.’
Apart from the obvious tax write-offs, naturally one would expect there to be certain quid-pro-quos involved in such transactions. Here is a little pile of info about the “usual suspects” – ones who were too highly placed to ever be ’rounded up.’ https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Sir+William+Stevenson%2C+OSS%2C+Rockefeller+Center&t=osx&ia=web
Looks like this impeachment is a bunch of smoke, once it clears out we’ll see the mirrors.
I somehow doubt anyone will be looking hard enough to see the mirrors. If my reading of the situation is correct the schism currently being ginned up will result in a US civil war and everyone will be far too busy dodging bullets to worry about the Ukrainian technicalities. When it is all done the mirrors will be shards and no-one left behind will be inclined to, or have the resources to reconstruct them to discover what they might once have revealed.
After the herd has been thinned down, the instigators will reassert control, with additional measures in place to reduce the opportunities for dissent, and continue to run the farm for their sole benefit without the annoying need to pretend they are not really in charge. At least, that seems to be the plan. Why else do the Fema camps and massive stocks of ammunition in domestic gov hands exist?
The victors will determine the history, as has always been the case
Best to be on the winning side once the end is reached and have an unbroken mirror handy to reveal the truth, now one has a case.
It is always bunch of smoke, and when smoke is gone, we see more smoke, all the way down to Adam and Eve.
From day one I thought that this was just a way of getting rid of Trump and installing Pence as President.
Who is the most corrupt in all of this?
As Einstein would have observed, “It’s all relative.”
Or relatives. Very incestuous…….. ones. It’s “All In The Family”.
Gives new meaning to “Politics is the Art of Compromise.”
Which Bismarck never said. I looked it up, here:
Chancellor Otto von Bismarck didn’t say that. The quote about politics and art that Bismarck is famous for is:
“Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable – the art of the next best.”
The most learned answer I find there is from:
Avraham Z. Isseroff, Author of Abe Lincoln’s Guide to the 2016 Presidential Election
“Politics is not a science, but an art, is what Bismarck said. The question is whether the ability to compromise is the essence of the art. If you are in a culture of compromise that is one skill needed. Since there is no science of politics, rules don’t exist. One group may be willing to compromise another is manipulative and deceptive.
Politics is not only comprised of actions of governance, but of how to interact effectively with the people in order to influence them as well as other officials in your own party and so on. According to Abraham Lincoln, the ability to shape opinion is far greater than any other quality.”
However the one that most fits the Ukrainian and American politics of the moment…seems to me to be THIS one, by Gregory Norton:
“Social life is an art of compromise, and all of life involves tradeoffs. Integrity is the art of not compromising. Wisdom is knowing when to compromise and when not to.
“I can kill you and take your money, or we can compromise: you give me your money and I will not kill you.”
While it sounds profound, the statement you attribute to Bismarck contains almost no information, it is just the sigh of a tired old man.”
Edward the VII’s successful intrigues to get his silly relative Kaiser Wilhem to unseat Bismarck have shaped the tragedies of the last 130 years. Nicholas II was also part….. of the family.
Don’t care for the human family that much?
That’s what we’ve got to work with. Have fun….and don’t get tired!
Its another in a long line of bad moves by the Dems, the only guy that would get burned is Biden, they’re obviously banking on their pet pooches in the media being able to control the narrative. To be honest I don’t even see them getting the impeachment, its just the last throw of the dice in pure desperation. Biden would be a disaster for the US just like Killery would have been
I suspect that the powers that run the DNC will not shed a tear over Biden’s demolition. In fact, this may be a convenient way for the party bosses to deep six him and his Swiss cheese cerebral cortex. Some are now saying that Killary herself might “offer” her services in an emergency response to save the party and run yet again for the presidency if Smilin’ Joe goes down in flames, especially if it seems that Warren, now surpassing Sanders as the most viable reform candidate, starts to take a significant lead in the polls.
So, it’s entirely possible that the “whistleblower’s” (i.e., the CIA confabulator’s) dramatic interface with Schiff’s committee accompanied by grandiose media coverage was a false flag event to decisively mount an impeachment drive which, in the course of all the aerial born mud to ensue, will get the decks cleared of Joe so Killary can mount her last hurrah… whether or not Trump is actually impeached, let alone removed from office by the Senate. Down goes Joe, Trump is on the ropes or Pence is called off the bench, the media–ever the guardians of social justice–champion Killary to right the “wrongs” of the last election and give women the power they “deserve,” and Killary gets foisted upon us as the only “viable” alternative in our ludicrous binary system of rigged elections.
Never mind that the entire Biden-Burisma scandal entails a Democratic administration i) meddling in the internal politics of another country, ii) demanding a quid pro quo from that country for American taxpayer money, and iii) blatant nepotism which is against American federal law. The Dems easy solution to evade these conspicuous truths was to simply accuse Trump of engaging in acts i) and ii) based on dodgy testimony from a “whistlerblower” who was not really a witness to his own accusations and to claim that Trump did so to iv) smear a political opponent in the upcoming U.S. presidential race.
Clearly the transcript of Trump’s telephone call evidences no meddling or quid pro quo on his part, just the desire to see justice done if a possible investigation of troubling facts, already widely reported in the media, turns up evidence of illegality. As chief executive it would be Trump’s obligation to uncover and punish unlawful actions by members of his own or previous U.S. administrations. There is no indication that Trump pursued the matter with Zelensky to smear Biden, he never revealed this conversation to the public. Rather, one could more easily argue that it was the Dems who tried to smear HIM by divulging what a CIA operative leaked after learning of the info through the spook grapevine. Neither the whistleblower nor Schiff are psychic and know what Trump’s motives were. They both gratuitously impute treachery to Mr. Trump without any evidence. In fact, it was Schiff who lied to the public, purportedly reading “quotes” from the phone call transcript that were NOT there!
This would be a slam-dunk win for Trump if the trial were in a court of law rather than in the U.S. Congress where truth matters not, only votes and the quest for power count for anything there. I suggest to Mr. Trump that he get his best lawyers and public mouthpieces out everywhere in the media making this case because the Dems are already spreading their unsubstantiated accusations and twisted logic turning reality on its head absolutely everywhere they can. Trump himself does not have the verbal skills or the quick response, especially not the ability to focus on point and maintain a consistent narrative, to fend off the swarm of attacks coming his way once that impeachment committee starts meeting every day, calling witnesses and making accusations that must be countered. Twitter alone will not save him even if he is in the direct line of decent from the Messiah himself.
Great article by Eric Zuesse. This is why The Saker website is one of the best.
Suprised how the biggest Russia hater and Ukrainian Chrystia Freeland stayed out of the article.
To “Anonymous”: My article is already 5,000 words, as it is, and its topic is stated in its headline.
The oligarch, kolomoisky, is israeli (ie: zionazi) of the Jewish mafia*/likud sort. By an odd coincidence, trump is also closely connected to likud/Jewish mafia.
Would either like to see the zionazi role in the ukraine exposed?
Now do trump and biden support the zionazi-gay ukraine coup regime and their use to attack Russia?
Can you keep a secret?
Trump, biden and kolomoisky all work for the same “corporation”. And it’s not usa based.
* By Jewish mafia I mean the international organised crime critters, not some vague slur about Jews.
vot, right! And it needs writers of integrity with the financial expertise of Susan Webber and the pertinacity of Eric Zuess to help us track the rats to their nests. Now if only we had such pertinacity among the police, such integrity in the courts… If only we had such qualities among the politicians we elect…. If only “we the people” had a bigger share of such qualities among ourselves!
Congrats to Eric for important insight into a major event in this “Century of Resource War”.
Political reform appears to be a reasonable option going forward, every time a mechanism opens, political reform will be on the menu, right down to the last mechanism, the financial one.
As Haaretz said on October 18, 2014, regarding Kolomoisky, ‘Is this man the most powerful Jew in the world?’.
So where do Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas fit into this?
Yet again, as this excellent, highly detailed exposé shows; another reason why we should just boycott the slime masquerading as journalists in the West.
These creatures are not journalists, they are paid operatives of the Anglo Zionist Empire, while actual journalists like John Pilger, Eva Bartlett, Vanessa Beeley, Seymour Hersh, Max Blumenthal, et al are smeared, slandered, and blacklisted because of their work.
What Eric reveals, don’t expect to see it in your local rag or TV news anytime soon.
Steady on, Gezzah. That’s an insult to slime.
Okay…. Filth then. The level of mind boggling corruption…. I read elsewhere, Strategic Culture I think, that Hunter Biden’s ‘salary’ was like $10000 a month. Correct me if I’m wrong. Also saw on Crikey that 56℅ of Aussies approve of the ‘Alliance’ with United States (cough) ahead of economic relations with China. How dumb can you get? What alliance??
“Joe Biden will continue to be portrayed in this matter as having been a crusader against corruption in Ukraine, instead of as having been the aspiring founder of yet another billionaire American dynasty.”
That horse bolted the stable a while back. In 2018, Biden stated at a CFR meeting that he had withheld a $1 billion loan to Ukraine until the Ukraine state prosecutor was sacked. He was sacked and the $1 billion appeared. Why was Biden interested in the state prosecutor? Ostensibly he was declared to be corrupt. He was in fact investigation corruption relating to the Burisma group.
There is a longer video of the CFR meeting on YouTube.
It appears that curbing corruption in the Ukraine, has its roots in America.
‘He should have worn a blue suit!’ Ukrainian president is dubbed ‘Monica Zelensky’ over his now
infamous phone call with Donald Trump that may lead to impeachment
Trump call summary shows he pressed Ukrainian president to probe Biden
Joe Biden had his hand in the creation of the ATO operations following murders planned on Maidan protestors in Ukraine as well in a manner of state terrorism against civilians. Joe Biden and Ukraine
The Ukraine president Turchynov was there securing the Burisma gas fields (Slavyansk) fo rthe polish ex. president Kwasniewski (Burisma, Hunter Biden, Kolomoisky-Azov Battalion, Dniepr-1, MH-17 operation ).
The Strategy and Tactics of the Neo-Commonwealth
USA and Biden’s war on the russian populated regions of Ukraine is full of reports of indiscriminate attacks on the civilian population, it is clearly a territorial war for posession of the land (which includes ethnic cleansing).
archieved: Orphanage under fire
It is probably one of the darkest chapters in our recent world history and it is planned and executed by the US government then led by pres. Obama and here executed by vice president Joe Biden.
Biden: ‘More time talking to Ukraine president than my wife’
Joe Biden’s been clocking in a lot of phone hours lately, but they aren’t to his wife. Instead, the US vice-president said during a two-day visit to Ukraine that his main squeeze has taken a backseat to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
“It is true I’ve only been here four times in two years. But I think we may have logged close to 1,000 hours on the telephone. I think I tend to be more in direct conversation for longer periods of time with the president than with my wife. I think they both regret that. But it is important,” Biden said at a joint briefing in Kiev on Monday.
What a perfect informative article, well done! Unbiased and thorough. Thanks.
Brass knuckles and an historic malevolence. The land area under question is where MH17 was brought down.
We know JIT are dis/information/controllers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkDWwYk4-Ho
all initial alternative reports had Kolomoysky forces in the area responsible.
Those involved in Burisma as described here,
are involved in the MH17 mass murder.
I understood unit 8200 having major play in ‘wikipedia’ perception management franchise also.