Ex-president Poroshenko investigated in Ukraine over embezzlement, allegedly stealing US aid
…from Russia Today, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: Can you believe it, an oligarch president already wealthy lining his pockets on US foreign aid, and in Ukraine of all places? Heaven forbid!
What we believe, with extremely good reason, will be found is that the $billion-plus of missing US aid will show up, in part, in the coffers of Trump and his friends. This is why, of course, the continual efforts by Giuliani to go after Biden, to cover up the Trump/Barr/Giuliani/Poroshenko circle jerk.
And this is followed by a page from Netanyahu’s playbook. Porky’s lawyer is filing 14 suits against the various government investigative bodies, including the police. It hasn’t worked out so well for Bibi, turning the Israeli bureaucracy into his mortal enemies that want to be done with him.
I think this sets a good example for countries pillaged by former leaders to be able to get their hooks back into the vipers that looted their own people. This was going on when Russia was being painted as the enemy of Ukraine, while Ukraine was led by someone chosen by the same people that overthrew the country in a violent coup with US and Israeli help.
Will Trump instruct Attorney General Barr to send US investigators to investigate this investigation? I can see a suspense thriller movie in this already.
My bet is that Ukraine will be the gift that keeps on giving; they had people looting the country before all this started, and they could have avoided all this commotion by keeping the witch that they knew… Jim W. Dean ]
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– First published … January 29, 2020 –
The case against the ex-president was opened following a complaint by a group of Ukrainian MPs and the nation’s High Anti-Corruption Court demanding the authorities investigate embezzlement and misappropriation of the foreign financial aid at the time of Poroshenko’s term in office, a Ukrainian MP Renat Kuzmin said in a Facebook post.
Kuzmin, a member of the Opposition Platform – For Live party, also published the anti-corruption bureau’s documents, confirming that the case against Poroshenko had been launched. The papers state that the former president and some “unknown people” from his administration are suspected of embezzling “on a grand scale,” subsequent legalization of criminally obtained funds, and abuse of power.
The MP himself said that the investigation would look into the misappropriation of funds provided to Ukraine in the form of international aid, including by the administration of the former US President Barack Obama.
Poroshenko did not react directly to the accusations against him. Instead, his lawyer told the media that the ex-president plans to file as many as 14 lawsuits seeking moral compensation from Ukraine’s National Bureau of Investigations, the anti-corruption bureau and the police.
His lawyer also denounced the investigation against his client as political persecution instigated by the administration of the current president, Volodymyr Zelensky.
The news comes just months after Poroshenko’s ally, Kiev mayor and three-time world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko was also accused of embezzlement and even treason by the anti-corruption bureau.
An oligarch candy-maker, who supported the Maidan coup in 2014, Poroshenko came to power in Ukraine just months after the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovich as the nation was quickly plunging into the abyss of a post-coup crisis.
During his presidency, he repeatedly played the nationalist card and used Moscow as a boogeyman to raise support while his achievements in the field of economics and the fight against corruption, which still plagued Ukraine years after the Maidan, were far less impressive.
Eventually, he suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of former comedian Zelensky in the runoff at the presidential elections last year.
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Ukies have coronavirus since 2013. We call it the maidan brain desease. USA targeted them well.
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If there is one thing I didn’t like about the House impeachment managers case (and I thought they were excellent), it was how they kept referring to the Kiev government of Poroshenko, when describing the withheld aid as “our desperate allies in Ukraine”. I understand that they had to play it up for maximum effect of their argument. Problem was, they totally avoided mention of Maidan, and tried to make it sound as if Russian tanks were in the streets of Kiev. The truth was ethnic Russians in the Donbass, who did receive Russian assistance, were under threat of ethnic cleansing by the Kiev government because they didn’t go along with the coup overthrowing Yanukovych. I remember the collective celebration on VT when the Donbass rebels annihilated the Ukie army at Debaltsevo.
We were fighting the good fight then, made easy when one of the Neo-Nazis took the podium and stated that they were going to wipe out all the Russians in Donbass and take everything they had. Porkies oligarch buddy had already gotten a head start, as he had most of the ATM bank account there and he just stole all their money. Not a peep of any of this stuff made the Western media, our continuing education on how totally compromised they have become. VT was right. They were scumbags then, and still are today. The Crimeans saved themselves and the idiot free EU punished them for it, and yet look at conditions now between them and Kiev.
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