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    Rudy

    We are about to have Rudy very prominent, even with the mainstream news corruption, here is a start >


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    It's going to be fun, in a macabre way, watching Rudy throw Trump under the bus while he does the same. Trump's already wavering over whether Rudy is really his lawyer. Soon Trump will be saying he really doesn't know Rudy that well.

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    Why Aianawa, why?

    The Daily Caller
    DescriptionThe Daily Caller is a right-wing news and opinion website based in Washington, D.C. It was founded by Fox News host Tucker Carlson and political pundit Neil Patel in 2010. The Daily Caller has published numerous false stories, as well as shared deceptively edited videos and photos. Wikipedia
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    Operations
    Burisma is focused to the operations in Ukraine with additional activities in Germany, Mexico, Italy, and Kazakhstan.[12] It holds 35 gas production licences in Ukraine in Dnipro-Donets, Carpathian and Azov-Kuban basins. In addition to the natural gas exploration and production, Burisma provides also gaswell services, including hydraulic fracturing. In Kharkiv, Burisma plans to build an LPG plant with a capacity of 50,000 tonnes per year.

    In 2016, Burisma Group was the second largest privately owned gas producer in Ukraine after DTEK. It accounted 26% of all natural gas produced by privately owned gas producers and more than 5% of total annual gas production in Ukraine. According to the company, it produced 1.3 billion cubic metres (4.6×1010 cubic feet) of natural gas in Ukraine in 2018.

    In Kazakhstan, the company has provided drilling services to KazMunaiGas and its subsidiaries, including at the Urikhtau gas field. In Italy, Burisma develops three geothermal power projects in partnership with Gesto Investimento e Gestão.

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    Burisma's subsidiaries include Esko–Pivnich, Pari, First Ukrainian Oil and Gas Company, Naftogaz Garant, KUB–Gas and Astroinvest–Ukraine. Esko–Pivnich operates in the Kharkiv Oblast and Pari operates in Western Ukraine (Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Chernivtsi oblasts). KUB–Gas operates in Luhansk Oblast. Burisma also owned KrymTopEnergoServis, a company which leased three gas deposits in Crimea. However, after annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation KrymTopEnergoServis became nonoperational.

    What To Know About The Ukrainian Company At The Heart Of Trump's Biden Allegations

    Burisma Group, a Ukrainian energy company, keeps a low profile. This building, which houses the offices of a Burisma subsidiary, is located in a residential part of the country's capital of Kyiv.

    Burisma Group, the Ukrainian energy company where former Vice President Joe Biden's son once served on the board of directors, keeps a low profile. Although the company advertises itself as one of Ukraine's largest private natural gas producers, it is almost impossible to find.

    On its website, Burisma lists an address in Cyprus, and in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, the company's offices are ensconced inside a nondescript, five-story business center in a residential neighborhood.

    The company has come into focus following President Trump's repeated requests to Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden for possible "corruption" during his five years as a Burisma director. Trump has also accused Joe Biden of having used his position as vice president to fire the Ukrainian prosecutor in charge of investigating Burisma.

    The revelation last week that Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open an investigation into one of his top political rivals led Democratic lawmakers to launch a presidential impeachment inquiry.

    In fact, Burisma and its owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, did not get any exceptional treatment. The prosecutor Biden singled out in 2016, Viktor Shokin, failed to make any high-level corruption convictions — as did Yuriy Lutsenko, his successor. At the time, Ukrainian anti-corruption activists and other Western governments joined Biden in his criticism of Shokin, and Ukrainian prosecutors have said there is no indication that Hunter Biden did anything wrong.

    On Friday, Ruslan Ryaboshapka, Ukraine's newly appointed chief prosecutor, told reporters his office will review all investigations shelved by his predecessors, including those involving Burisma and Zlochevsky. Those investigations were into activities that took place before Hunter Biden joined the board in 2014.

    "It's more about ethics. If the son of a top politician receives some payments from a company for whatever reason, there's always a conflict of interests," says Alexander Paraschiy, the head of research at Concorde Capital, an investment firm in Kyiv.

    Hunter Biden was paid about $50,000 a month as a Burisma director, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    "It usually is a good investment for any Ukrainian businessman to hire some reputable guy or the relative of a reputable guy. It definitely paid off for Mr. Zlochevsky," says Paraschiy.

    Zlochevsky expanded Burisma at the same time when he was Ukraine's environment minister, whose duties included issuing drilling licenses. After the bloody revolution on Kyiv's streets five years ago, Zlochevsky — like disgraced President Viktor Yanukovych — fled Ukraine.

    Amid the political turmoil in Kyiv, Russia annexed Crimea and fomented an armed insurgency in eastern Ukraine. But hopes were high that the new Ukrainian government would at least start uprooting endemic corruption.

    Burisma faced a money-laundering investigation and questions over how it had obtained some of its licenses to drill for natural gas. In spring 2014, the company appointed Hunter Biden and a former Polish president, Aleksander Kwasniewski, to its board. Three years later, Burisma added Cofer Black, a former CIA official and foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, to the board.

    "I believe the only reason Burisma and Zlochevsky were inviting people with such names was to whitewash their reputation and to present themselves as a company doing legitimate business in Ukraine," says Daria Kaleniuk, head of the nongovernmental Anti-Corruption Action Center in Kyiv.


    The Zlocci shop features collections of flashy men's shoes made from crocodile and caiman skins arranged on two polished marble tables. In 2015, investigative reporters traced the ownership of the business to Zlochevsky.

    As a privately owned company, Burisma is not required to publicize its annual results. In a recent presentation for investors, it says it more than doubled its hydrocarbon production since 2013 and paid more than $240 million in taxes over the previous two years.

    In an upbeat 2017 promotional video, Burisma presents itself as an energy company looking to expand beyond Ukraine's borders. Photographs of Hunter Biden and the other four board members appear over the company's "key corporate governance principles: leadership, efficiency, remuneration and transparency."

    But for a company with global ambitions, Burisma is hardly transparent in dealing with media. Reporters' requests for comment are summarily ignored. Alexander Gorbunenko, the chief financial officer at Burisma when Hunter Biden served on the board, declined to comment to NPR, saying to do so would be "unethical."

    Zlochevsky's whereabouts are unknown, and he and his company are invisible in Kyiv. One of the few signs of the elusive energy tycoon is a boutique on the ground floor of an upscale apartment building on the Dnieper River.

    The Zlocci shop features collections of flashy men's shoes made from crocodile and caiman skins arranged on two polished marble tables. A pair of low-cut crocodile boots goes for more than $3,700, while blue pony-hair sneakers cost almost $800. An attentive salesman offers a 30% discount and home delivery.

    Even though the Zlocci website says the outfitter is Spanish, a journalistic investigation in 2015 traced the ownership to Zlochevsky. A promotional video — in Ukrainian — shows a model wearing Zlocci shoes in the port of Monaco, where Zlochevsky has been hosting an annual international energy conference since 2016.

    "One of the reasons that I am proud to be a member of the board at Burisma is that I believe we are trying to figure out the way to create a radical change in the way we look at energy," Hunter Biden says in undated remarks on the conference website.

    Zlochevsky's event has featured such speakers as Prince Albert II of Monaco; Romano Prodi, a former Italian prime minister; Joschka Fischer, a former German foreign minister; and other past and present luminaries from European and U.S. politics.

    Zlochevsky also continues to buy favor with his support for the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank.

    Kurt Volker, who resigned last week as the Trump administration's special representative for Ukraine, is a senior adviser to the Atlantic Council. Volker's role in the administration's communications with Ukraine's new government is now under scrutiny in Congress.

    In September 2018, Vadym Pozharskiy, an adviser to Burisma's board, attended Atlantic Council events in New York and met with Volker and former State Department officials, according to the company's website. Pozharskiy did not reply to repeated requests for comment by NPR.

    Hunter Biden, for his part, no longer works for Burisma.

    He left the company earlier this year as his father was launching his presidential campaign.
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    Tucker is not a trustworthy sort. Going back to setting up John Stewart and then crapping all over him, he had already established himself as a d-bag. Tucker gets as little of my attention as possible.

    John is still fighting for the 9/11 responders as he has been for quite some time. Where are all the folks who were crying to support the troops and the first responders? They love to say that freedom isn't free while betraying those who actually paid the cost.

    NAP, I wonder how much of your post is covered in Rachel Maddow's new book about the oil industry? The tentacles reach far and wide.

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    Octopuss is under attack and that's great.

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