Biden and Ukraine: What we know about corruption claims – BBC News
Ukraine: criminal case registered on complaint against Biden
Ex-Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin complained about former US Vice President
The State Bureau of Investigation of Ukraine registered criminal proceedings on the statement of the former Prosecutor General of the country Viktor Shokin about the pressure, which, he claims, was exerted on him by former US Vice President Joe Biden.
Shokin’s lawyer Oleksandr Teleshitsky told Interfax-Ukraine. The Bureau of Investigation itself has not yet commented on the case..
According to the lawyer, the court ordered the investigation bureau to open criminal proceedings. The case was opened under the article on interference in the activities of a law enforcement officer. There are no accused in it yet, and Biden’s surname is not indicated in the decision to open the case – it says about a “US citizen”, without details.
Registration of criminal proceedings with the State Bureau of Investigation is a standard procedural step after the receipt of a crime report. By itself, it does not mean that Biden or anyone else will be charged. The bureau, in particular, has registered dozens of criminal cases against the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, but he has not yet been recognized as a defendant in any of them. There are also cases against the current President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Viktor Shokin’s allegations that Biden pressured him to close the investigation into his son’s activities in the Ukrainian company Burisma were used as arguments by a number of Donald Trump’s supporters in the case of his impeachment. Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani interviewed Shokin, in which he, in particular, claims that they tried to poison him. Trump supporters point to the statements of Biden himself, who said that he convinced Poroshenko to fire Shokin, threatening him with refusing Ukraine financial assistance. Biden and his supporters argue that the former vice president sought Shokin’s removal because of his corruption, and not because of the Burisma case..
Biden is now one of the contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination. According to polls, he comes second after Senator Bernie Sanders. His chances for a presidential nomination dropped after losing the primaries in three states, but is still assessed as realistic.
Radio &# 171; Freedom&# 187;