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Ukraine Deepens Probe Against Burisma Founder to Embezzlement of State Funds

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Set in the backdrop of the House impeachment inquiry, Ukrainian officials have said they would deepen its investigation into the founder of Burisma Holdings to include the embezzlement of state funds.

Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka said in an announcement Wednesday that Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky is suspected in the “theft of government funds on an especially large scale,” but did not provide more details, Reuters reported.

Allegations of corruption at Bursima are at the center of the House-led impeachment inquiry. Democrats have accused President Donald Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who sat on the board of Burisma until earlier this year. Trump, Ukrainian officials, and other White House officials have denied allegations of quid pro quo or bribery.

According to reports, Zlochevskys whereabouts are unknown to Ukrainian authorities. That means that investigation is effectively on hold, Ryaboshapka told reporters.

Ryaboshapka made no mention of the Bidens.

However, three Ukrainian lawmakers unveiled a document Wednesday showing Zlochevsky was suspected of using his position as Ukraines minister of ecology and natural resources to embezzle more than $30 million, the news agency reported. He was the minister of ecology from 2010 until 2012.

Former Vice President Joe Biden (L) with his son Hunter (R) at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game in Washington on Jan. 30, 2010. (Nick Wass/AP Photo)
Former Vice President Joe Biden (L) with his son Hunter (R) at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game in Washington on Jan. 30, 2010. (Nick Wass/AP Photo)
Former Vice President Joe Biden (L) with his son Hunter at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game in Washington on Jan. 30, 2010. (Nick Wass/AP Photo)

“Currently we are reviewing the criminal cases that have been previously pursued by the Prosecutor Generals Office,” Ryaboshapka had previously stated in October, reported the Kyiv Post. “The sphere youre talking about features Zlochevsky, (tycoon Serhiy) Kurchenko and other people and companies—there are about 15 such cases.”

Ryaboshapka noted that the prosecutors office is “reviewing all cases that were closed or split or were under investigation in order to make decisions in cases when there were violations of procedure.”

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