Ukraine’s Prosecutor General sees potential involvement of Biden in up to 15 criminal cases

Summary

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Ruslan Riabosahpka said that Hunter Biden and Burisma company may be involved in around 15 criminal cases. He stated that Burisma, Biden, oligarch Sergey Kurchenko or Burisma’s current owner Nikolai Zlochevski may be linked to at least that number of case, but that the auditing work continues and can’t affirm these are all the relevant proceedings.

Disproof

The article is an intentional distortion of Prosecutor Riaboshapka's words. His actual statement was: “There are 15 cases where Zlochevsky, Kurchenko and other people and companies could be involved or could be targets for investigation”. Not only he didn't mention Hunter Biden or his father, but when he was specifically asked if the prosecutors had evidence of any wrongdoing on Hunter Biden’s part, he answered: “I have no such information”.

This is part of an emerging broader narrative to imply that Joe Biden and his son Hunter are somehow involved in corruption schemes, despite lack of evidence in this regard. Hostility towards the Biden family has been a constant feature of pro+Kremlin disinformation. You can see other examples here, such as Hunter's dubious business in Kyiv, Joe Biden's vow to prevent Vladimir Putin's reelection, his rule over Ukraine or his tight involvement in the war in Donbas or in Georgia's unrest.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 167
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Hunter Biden, Corruption, Joe Biden
  • Outlet: Sputnik Mundo
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