Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Samovar Dome

"Hunter Biden’s new job at a Ukrainian gas company is a problem for U.S. soft power":
"For one thing, while Burisma is clearly trying to portray itself (perhaps genuinely) as an open, Western company, its ownership is more than a little murky. A 2012 investigation from Forbes Ukraine noted that registration documents from Ukraine and Cyprus indicated that Nikolay Zlochevsky, a former government minister and representative of Yanukovych's Party of Regions, was in control of the company. There was speculation from Ukrainian energy analysts that Biden's appointment may have been an attempt to avoid sanctions by other, bigger Yanukovych allies."
"Why did an energy firm with big assets in Ukraine hire Joe Biden’s son?":
"The answer might be the company’s holdings in Ukraine. They include, according to the firm’s website, permits to explore in the Dnieper-Donets Basin in the country’s eastern regions, home to an armed pro-Russian separatist movement. They also include permits to explore in the Azov-Kuban Basin of the strategic Crimean peninsula, annexed earlier this year by Moscow."
So it is a financial play regarding a company connected to the deposed, supposedly pro-Russian, government, the success of which depends on a victory for the federalists and a rapprochement with Russia.  The pro-Russia/anti-Russia dichotomy in Ukraine looks more and more like bullshit.

This sort of corruption is a Biden family trait:  "Crony capitalism & Joe Biden’s brother"

You have to consider the likely prospects:
  1. the Republicans nominate another clown to run for President; and
  2. Hillary finds it impossible to suppress the story of her massive brain damage
leaving Joe Biden as the next American President.
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