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June 16, 2020

Ukranian Officials Discover Six Million Dollar Bribe, Intended to Buy an End to an Investigation Into Burisma Holdings

Ah, Burisma. It seems like a different, more innocent age when we had such trivial concerns as Joe Biden shaking down foreign governments for bribe money.

Ukrainian officials announced Saturday they intercepted a $6 million bribe offered to stop an investigation into the founder of Burisma Holdings, the energy firm that had Hunter Biden as a board member until 2019.

Artem Sytnyk, the head of Ukraine’s national anti-corruption bureau (NABU), said at a press conference in Kyiv that $6 million in cash was recovered during a sting operation on Friday. He said that three people were detained in the operation, including a Burisma employee and a current and former Ukrainian tax official, according to Reuters.


Sytnyk said that $5 million in bribe money was offered to NABU officials, and another $1 million was reserved for a middleman who brokered the deal.

It is the largest bribe attempt uncovered in Ukraine's history, he said.

The bribe was allegedly offered to end an investigation into Mykola Zlochevsky, a former Ukrainian ecology minister who owns Burisma. Zlochevsky has been under investigation since 2013 for allegedly embezzling funds from a loan from the National Bank of Ukraine.


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