Ex-Ukrainian Lawmaker Who Claimed To Have Dirt On Biden Arrested In Germany
Oleksandr Onyshchenko, a former Ukrainian lawmaker claiming to have dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, was arrested in Germany this week related to embezzlement charges against him in Ukraine, according to The Daily Beast.
Onyshchenko has been living in Europe for several years after fleeing Ukraine over the pending charges. In 2016, shortly after he left the country, the former member of ousted Kremlin-backed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanuykovych’s Party of Regions “was also accused by Ukraine’s Security Service of treason in late 2016 of allegedly helping Russian intelligence destabilize Ukraine.”
The former lawmaker is one of the Ukrainians claiming to have information about Biden’s son, Hunter, related to his time on Ukrainian oil and gas company Burisma Holding’s board.
Onyshchenko “told Reuters that his friend Mykola Zlochevsky, who founded Burisma, had placed the vice president’s son on Burisma’s board as insurance against criminal investigations.”
He also told right-wing news site CD Media that “there were ‘official’ and ‘unofficial’ payments to the Biden family” made by Burisma and that an FBI agent “directed the coverup of the Biden scandal at the time, in concert with the U.S. embassy in Kyiv, and other Deep State American government assets ‘in-country.’”
Other claims the former lawmaker has made include “that Burisma had paid $10 million to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign through ‘big bags of cash’ sent instead of wire transfers,” The Daily Beast reported.
Ukrainian officials widely viewed Onyshchenko's claims "as part of a Kremlin-orchestrated disinformation campaign meant to undermine the Ukrainian government as it sought to strengthen ties with the West."
Onyshchenko’s fate is currently before the courts, the publication said. His attorney, Oleg Ishemko, told The Daily Beast in a text message: “We are analyzing information in particular about the fact and basis for the detention of our client,” Ishemko said in a text. “According to our information, Oleksandr was in the process of seeking international protection and could not be arrested in accordance with Article 33 of the international convention relating to the status of refugees. Attorneys for Oleksandr are doing everything so that his rights, both in Ukraine and outside, are upheld in the necessary manner.”
Onyshchenko “was stripped of parliamentary immunity in 2016 and accused of embezzling some $64 million from a subsidiary of Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state-owned gas company.”