The authors of the investigation believe that Hunter Biden received millions of dollars of dubious origin from the widow of the former mayor of Moscow, the son-in-law of the former mayor of Astana, and Chinese citizens. The son of the U.S. presidential candidate from the Democratic Party of Joe Biden, Hunter had received funds for several years from Elena Baturina, a Russian businessman and the widow of the former mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov. The senators’ investigation states that Hunter Biden, his relatives, and business partner Devon Archer received millions of dollars from foreign nationals, including Baturina, as well as individuals affiliated with the Communist Party of China.
In particular, it is alleged that in November 2014, Baturina transferred $3.5 million to the American company Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC, co-founded by Hunter Biden.
From May to December 2015, Baturina made 11 transfers totaling almost $392,000 to the account of BAK USA LLC. Nine of these transactions first passed through Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC. The purpose of all payments is called a loan agreement.
BAK USA LLC is a startup company from the American city of Buffalo. The company was engaged in the production of tablets with Chinese partners, in 2019 it went bankrupt. In the investigation of the senators said that the transfers from a Russian businesswoman “were discovered because of reports of possible criminal activity Baturina. In addition to transfers from Baturina, the authors of the investigation as suspicious financial transactions mention $ 142 thousand received from Kenes Rakishev, son-in-law of the former mayor of Astana, millions of dollars from Chinese citizens Ye Jianmin and Gunwen Dong (in the U.S. they are associated with the Communist Party of China and the People’s Liberation Army). In addition, it is claimed that Biden Jr. “paid women from Russia and Eastern European countries” who were “apparently associated with prostitution and human trafficking.
“The data shows that Hunter Biden and his family were involved in an extensive financial network that linked them to foreign nationals and foreign agents around the world,” Johnson and Grassley summarize in their report.
“I don’t know anything, without comments,” Gennady Terebkov, Elena Baturina’s representative, told RBC.
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump accused Joe Biden of corruption: they claim that he, being a vice president in the Barack Obama administration, patronized his son Hunter’s business in Ukraine. Biden Jr. served on the board of directors of Burisma Holdings, Ukraine’s largest independent gas producer, from 2014 to 2019.
In May, records of telephone conversations between Joe Biden and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko were published, suggesting that Biden demanded that Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin be fired because several cases were pending against Burisma at the time.