Billionaire Ihor Kolomoisky is one of the richest men in Ukraine, known for helping install Volodomyr Zelensky as president, and he was just arrested on widespread fraud and money laundering charges – is the narrative surrounding Ukraine and Zelensky starting to crack?
Kolomoisky has an estimated fortune of roughly $1.7 billion and he apparently devoted his vast resources to Zelensky’s, who was a comedian prior to 2019, ascension to power.
Ukraine is, and has been, one of the most corrupt countries in the modern world, and Kolomoisky seems to have benefited tremendously from that.
The billionaire was caught while allegedly trying to launder over 500 million Ukrainian hryvnia ($13.5 million) by “transferring it abroad, while using the infrastructure of banking institutions controlled by him.”
And it’s not the first time this influential billionaire has been tied to potential fraud.
As The New York Times reported, “In 2017, he left Ukraine for Switzerland and Israel after the government of then-President Petro O. Poroshenko seized a bank he co-owned and accused him of a large-scale fraud that threatened to destabilize Ukraine’s economy.”
He returned in 2019 only AFTER Zelensky defeated Poroshenko and became president – suggesting he knew his influence over the new president which he propped up would keep him safe.
Of course that’s exactly what happened until now, when public opinion on the continued funding of a clearly corrupt Ukraine seems to be souring RAPIDLY, so Zelensky needed a sacrifice to keep the money train flowing.
The move seems to be working for Zelensky, who the liberal media is now praising as some “tough on corruption” world leader, even though anybody who is paying attention can see what’s REALLY going on.
At the same time, sacrificing Kolomoisky has distracted from the Ukrainian president’s efforts to cover-up a MUCH LARGER FRAUD!
We learned in the past that the Ukrainian military was taking American tax dollars and paying overinflated prices for imported items, “sometimes at triple or more the cost” – most of which was believed to be landing back in the pockets of top military officials and their buddies.
At the center of that investigation was Ukrainian defense minister Oleksii Reznikov, who Zelensky just fired hoping to that it would stop any further inquiry into exactly how these corrupt kickbacks are working.
“I have decided to replace the minister of defense of Ukraine. Oleksii Reznikov has gone through more than 550 days of full-scale war,” Zelensky said.
However, Zelensky might not have acted alone in this.
Ukraine is hoping to keep the American money flowing and the Biden regime wants to ensure that continues as well so, so the United States government could very well have told Zelensky that he has to at least pretend to be cleaning up the corruption issues plaguing the country.
In the case of Kolomoisky, for example, the US State Dept has been onto him for some time. In 2021 they sanctioned him and his family members, accusing him of being engaged “in corrupt acts that undermined rule of law and the Ukrainian public’s faith in their government’s democratic institutions.”
Did Biden’s government order Zelensky to sacrifice the man who put him in power so that they could keep robbing the American people blind with less push back? It certainly looks like it.