Kyiv: The editorial office of Front News International received documents proving the intervention of US officials in the internal affairs of Ukraine, when US Vice President Joe Biden set President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko the condition for a $ 1 billion loan, the replacement of Attorney General Viktor Shokin. The cause of the pressure could be the position of Biden's son in the British company Burisma, which belongs to fugitive Minister of Ecology Nikolai Zlochevsky, against whom the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine led an investigation into the laundering of money. After the replacement of Shokin by Yuri Lutsenko, accusations against Zlochevsky were reduced to tax evasion, and in 2016 cases against him and the company were closed.
Lawyers of the NGO "Association of International Law" in Ukraine presented the results of an expert-right examination of Biden's statements, which, according to US media, he made during a conversation with Poroshenko. On August 22, 2016, The Atlantic published material “the Biden Doctrine” in which journalist Steve Clemons cites a fragment of talks on the replacement of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General between US Vice President and Poroshenko.
"He (Biden) describes, for example, a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, whom he calls Petro," Clemons writes.
"Petro, you will not get your billion dollars ... Well, okay, you can leave the Attorney General, just keep in mind that in this case we will not pay if you leave," - quotes Biden's words journalist.
According to the scientific and legal findings of the study, "the statement of US Vice President Joseph Biden on the need to dismiss the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, V.M. Shokin, as a condition for allocating appropriate financial (economic) assistance to Ukraine, can be viewed as putting pressure on the president of Ukraine, and therefore this pressure can be qualified as an act of interference in the internal affairs of Ukraine by a foreign state, which violates one of the principles of international law (The UN Declaration on the inadmissibility of interference in the internal affairs of states, the protection of their independence and sovereignty - Ed.) ".
In March last year, three Americans came to the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine - two representatives of Blue Star Strategies Karen Tramontano and Sally Piinter, as well as a lawyer from New York, John Buretta, who, according to official information, arrived "to apologize for distributing untruthful information by certain US and Biden’s representatives regarding the activities of the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine to investigate the "Zlochevsky case".
The company Blue Star Strategies is engaged in lobbying business in state bodies.
Tramontano and Piinter worked in the administration of US President Bill Clinton. And also Front News International managed to find out that Tramontano was a shareholder of Dutko Worldwide, which changed its name to Grayling USA, which also engages in lobbying business in state bodies and whose key activity is energy.
Investigation of the "Zlochevsky case"
This is the case of the former Minister of Ecology, the time of the fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych, Nikolai Zlochevsky, who issued his own company, Burisma Holdings Limited, a special permit for the extraction of a third of the gas produced in Ukraine.
Zlochevsky left Ukraine after Yanukovych. In the spring of 2014, the Prosecutor General's Office opened a criminal case against him and his company. The reason was the request of the UK prosecutor's office, which asked for assistance in the investigation of Zlochevsky $ 35 million money laundering.
As part of the investigation, British law enforcement officers blocked assets on the accounts of its companies for a total of $ 23.5 million.
Accusations of money laundering, creating opaque schemes of doing business, selling gas deposits for a pittance to related companies have repeatedly sounded in Zlochevsky's address. During EuroMaidan, Zlochevsky created the Board of Directors in Burisma, where he introduced the son of US Vice President Hunter Biden.
After the appointment as the Prosecutor General, Shokin continued the investigation.
Continued until, under pressure, including Joseph Biden, was dismissed.
The Front News International source in the General Prosecutor's Office reported that Joe Biden promised twice to bring evidence about the alleged corruption of Shokin, which would have served as the dismissal of the Prosecutor General, but not a single fact of corruption was provided. Another source in the GPU said that the US Vice President asked to close the "Zlochevsky case" and offered Yuriy Lutsenko to the post of head of the Prosecutor General's Office.
Answering the question about the legitimacy of dismissing Shokin, the president of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio in an exclusive comment to Front News International stated that all charges of this kind should be proven.
"Every accusation of this kind must be proven, with clear evidence, etc.," Buquicchio said.
Shokin's claim to reinstate the post of Prosecutor General
In early March 2017, Shokin appealed to the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine with a lawsuit against the Verkhovna Rada and the President about the recognition of his dismissal as illegal. Also, the lawsuit provides for the restoration of Shokin in an administrative position.
On February 20, the judiciary board of the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine, headed by Judge Moroz, left the claim without consideration. On the eve of the court session, the Ukrainian media disseminated information that on April 4 the General Prosecutor’s Office opened a criminal investigation into the fact that officials of the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine sent untrue statements to the automated document circulation system of the court, in the period from 2016 to 2017. The documents of the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine referred to the administrative claim of the "Association of Self-Organization Organizations of the Population of the City of Kiev" against the Kyiv City Council, which was also examined by Judge Moroz.
The lawyer of the "AKITO Law Firm" wrote a statement addressed to the director of the NABU Artem Sytnik that the officials of the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine, using their official position, interfered with the legitimate activities of the judge of the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine Valentin Moroz.
"Officials of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine, in order to force the judges of the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine to make the necessary decision to refuse to satisfy the lawsuit of Shokin by any unlawful reasons, influenced the consciousness and will of the judges of the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine and personally of Judge Moroz during the consideration and decision on the case," the lawyers said in a statement.
The statement also refers to the fact that officials of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine, abusing their official position, interfered in the activities of the judges of the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine and, in particular, of Judge Moroz, which resulted in an inappropriate decision on the administrative case.
Lawyers declare that by such actions the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine officers committed criminal offenses related to interference in the activities of the judiciary.
These conclusions are confirmed by the answer of the General Prosecutor's Office of April 28, 2017, which states that the Department of Special Investigations is actually conducting a pre-trial investigation on these facts about alleged interference into the work of the automated distribution of the cassation complaint in the case of the "Association of Self-Organization Bodies of the City of Kyiv to the Kyiv City Council.