Unsanctioned Russian Billionaires, Bidens, And Property Shopping?
Two Russian billionaires reportedly asked about potential “favors” that might be traded when they met with then-Vice President Joe Biden over dinner to discuss real estate projects.
Sanctions put in place by the United States when Russia invaded Ukraine more than a year ago haven’t done anything to control the powerful oligarchs involved. Hunter Biden’s links to the two millionaires at the center of this story, Yelena Baturina and Vladimir Yevtushenkov, have come to light thanks to recent disclosures gleaned from his abandoned laptop.
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The most recent sanctions from the US Treasury Department have shocked many because they once again exempted two Russian billionaires who had previously managed to escape being placed on the list. These prominent individuals, according to sources who spoke with The New York Post this week, seem impervious to the consequences of engaging in illicit activities.
With a staggering $1.9 billion net worth, Russian billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov, one of Forbes’ wealthiest individuals, created AFK Sistema in 1993 and went public eleven years later. The large conglomerate has investments in a number of industries, including MTS, Ozon, and Medsi. However, in 2014, the company was accused — although this was not proven — of securing illegal control over Bashneft’s oil company. Shortly after the allegations surfaced, its stake was once again removed when it was sold to state-owned Rosneft.
The contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop, which have been the subject of considerable debate, have now been confirmed by additional reliable sources.
Two Russian millionaires are the subject of allegations about connections to President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. A meeting between him and Vladimir Yevtushenkov in 2013 as well as an unsubstantiated tour of a commercial real estate project linked to both parties were both reported in an email discovered on the latter’s laptop. Sources have expressed concerns about their link, but these business moguls have so far miraculously avoided punishment.
“I asked [Yevtushenkov], ‘Why are you doing this?’ on the front end — before I understood that they were going to buy some real estate,” the source told The Post. “‘Why are you even doing this? Why would you be paying the son of the vice president to meet at a public restaurant in New York City?’
“He made it very clear to me that, you know … ‘I think it would be good to have a good relationship with this guy … maybe he can do a favor for us and we can do a favor for him,’” the source continued. “It was a complete quid pro quo that he was going in for.”
“I told him that’s not the way it works in America, [but] he basically laughed at me and told me I was so naïve,” MTS, a company suspected of paying about $1 billion in bribery to Uzbekistani authorities between 2004 and 2012, is a part of Yevtushenkov’s spectacular portfolio. The matter was ultimately resolved by the Trump Justice Department with a substantial payment; MTS paid a $850 million settlement last year before its unexpected delisting from the New York Stock Exchange.
Hunter Biden met with Russian millionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov in 2011, according to a shocking story by The Post. This famous meeting allegedly took place at a public dining establishment, and Mr. Yevtushenkov allegedly paid the vice president’s son to attend. Records also reveal that 2013, as mentioned in one of Hunter’s emails that were found on his laptop, there were arrangements made for another reunion between the two parties.
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The millionaire Yelena Baturina and her spouse Yury Luzhkov were two influential figures in the Russian economic sphere whom Hunter Biden was linked to in 2015. Although he was the Vice President of the United States and in charge of Ukrainian policy during Obama’s presidency, Joe Biden joined them for their meeting at Café Milano in Georgetown that same year. At the same time as this meeting, Hunter, who had been receiving up to $1 million yearly since 2014, was also in attendance along with Vadym Pozarzenskyi from the Ukrainian energy business Burisma.
A decade-long inquiry into suspected bribes made to Uzbekistani authorities was just concluded by MTS, the business of billionaire Russian oligarch Yevtushenkov, with a $850 million punishment. As they reached the settlement deal in 2019, the US Justice Department’s investigation, which had been ongoing since 2004, had turned up payments estimated to be worth close to $1 billion.