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After attempts from the Biden
administration to restrict access to the FBI-generated
FD-1023 form at the center of allegations that
then-Vice President Joe Biden was engaged in a
criminal bribery scheme with a foreign national,
U.S.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) released the full document
on Thursday afternoon to finally give the American
people the full picture created by the unclassified
document. 

The document authorized for
release to Grassley and House Oversight Chairman James
Comer (R-KY) has few redactions and provides the most
information on these allegations against Biden to date.
After releasing the FBI document, Grassley asked again:
“What did FBI do to investigate serious claims from FBIs
own trusted source??”

Here’s what we now know from that
trusted confidential human source (CHS) according to the
FD-1023 that summarizes the CHS’s meetings and
conversations with executives and other individuals
connected to Ukrainian energy company Burisma. The
following is a transcription of the text on the FD-1023
released by Grassley:

First Meeting with Burisma Executives
in Kyiv, Ukraine 2015/2016.
 
In late
2015 or 2016, during the Obama/Biden administration, CHS
was first introduced to officials at Ukraine natural gas
business Burisma Holdings (“Burisma) through [REDACTED]
Oleksandr Ostapenko (alternate transliteration –
Alexander Ostapenko; for full identification of
Ostapenko, see attachments to
[REDACTED]CV[REDACTED]Serial 212, a FD-1023 by CHS
serialized on 1/2/2018).

CHS and Ostapenko traveled to
Ukraine and went to Burisma’s office that was located 20
minutes away from the City Center. The purpose of the
meeting was to discuss Burisma’s interest in purchasing
a US-based oil and gas business, for purposes of merging
it with Burisma for purposes of conducting an IPO in the
US. Burisma was willing to purchase a US-based entity
for $20-30 million.

At this meeting was CHS, CHS’s
former business partner, [REDACTED] (an USPER [REDACTED]
Ostapenko, Burisma’s CFO, Vadim Pojarskii (email
Vadym.Pozharsky[REDACTED] telephone [REDACTED], Karina
Zlochevsky (the daughter of Burisma’s CEO and founder
Mykola Zlochevsky) and her husband (FNU LNU). The
conversation was in Russia, and thus [REDACTED] did not
participate therein. 

During the meeting Pojarskii asked
CHS whether CHS was aware of Burisma’s Board of
Directors. CHS replied “no”, and Pojarskii advised the
board members included: 1) the former President or Prime
Minister of Poland; and 2) Joe Biden’s son, Hunter
Biden. Pojarskii said Burisma hired the former President
or Prime Minister of Poland to leverage his contacts in
Europe for prospective oil and gas deals, and they hired
Hunter Biden to “protect us, through his dad, from all
kinds of problems” (CHS was certain Pojarskii provided
no further/specific details about what that meant).

CHS asked why they (Burisma)
needed to get CHS’s assistance regarding the
purchase/merger of a US-based company when Biden was on
their board. Pojarskii replied that Hunter Biden was not
smart, and they wanted to get additional counsel. The
group then had a general conversation about whether the
purchase/merger with a US company would be a good
business decision.

Meeting with CHS, Ostapenko, and Mykola
Zlochevsky in Vienna, Austria in 2016.
 Approximately
one or two months after the aforementioned Burisma
meeting in Ukraine, CHS traveled to Vienna, Austria with
Ostapenko and met with Mykola Zlochevsky at an outside
coffee shop. The trio continued to talk about the
feasibility of Burisma acquiring a US-based entity. CHS
recalled this meeting took place around the time Joe
Biden made a public statement about (former) Ukraine
Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin being corrupt, and the
he should be fired/removed from office. CHS told
Zlochevsky that due to Shokin’s investigation into
Burisma, which was made public at this time, it would
have a substantial negative impact on Burisma’s
prospective IPO in the United States. Zlochevsky replied
something to the effect of, “Don’t worry Hunter will
take care of all of those issues through his dad.” CHS
did not ask any further questions about what they
specifically meant.

CHS asked Zlochevsky why Burisma
would pay $20-30 million to buy a US company for IPO
purposes when it would be cheaper to just form a new
US-entity, or purchase a corporate shell that was
already listed on an exchange. Zlochevsky responded that
Hunter Biden advised Burisma it could rase much more
capital if Burisma purchased a larger US-based business
that already had a history in the US oil and gas sector.
CHS recalled Zlochevsky mentioned some US-based gas
business(es) in Texas, the names of which CHS did not
recall. CHS advised Zlochevsky it would be problematic
to raise capital in the US given Shokin’s investigation
into Burisma as nobody in the US would invest in a
company that was the subject of a criminal
investigation. CHS suggested it would be best if Burisma
would simply litigate the matter in Ukraine, and pay
some attorney $50,000. Zlochevsky said he/Burisma would
likely lose the trial because he could not show that
Burisma was innocent; Zlochevsky also laughed at CHS’s
number of $50,000 (not because of the small amount, but
because the number contained a “5”) and said that “it
cost 5 (million) to pay one Biden, and 5 (million) to
another Biden.” CHS noted that at this time, it was
unclear to CHS whether these alleged payments were
already made.

CHS told Zlochevsky that any such
payments to the Biden would complicate matters, and
Burisma should hire “some normal US oil and gas
advisors” because the Bidens have no experience with
that business sector. Zlochevsky made some comment that
although Hunter Biden “was stupid, and his
(Zlochevsky’s) dog was smarter,” Zlochevsky needed to
keep hunter Biden (on the board) “so everything will
be okay.”
CHS inquired whether Hunter Biden or
Joe Biden told Zlochevsky he should retain Hunter Biden;
Zlochevsky replied, “They both did.” CHS reiterated
CHS’s opinion that Zlochevsky was making a mistake and
he should fire Hunter Biden and deal with Shokin’s
investigation directly so that the matter will remain an
issue in Ukraine, and not turn in to some international
matter. Zlochevsky responded something to the effect of,
“Don’t worry, this thing will go away anyway.” CHS
replied that, notwithstanding Shokin’s investigation, it
was still a bad decision for Burisma to spend $20-$30
million to buy a US business, and that CHS didn’t want
to be involved with the Biden matter. Zlochevsky
responded that he appreciated CHS’s advice, but that
“it’s too late to change his decision.” CHS understood
this to mean that Zlochevsky had already had paid the
Bidens, presumably to “deal with Shokin.”

Subsequent Telephone Call Between CHS
and Zlochevsky.

2016/2017 Telephone Call. Shortly
after the 2016 US election and during President Trump’s
transition period, CHS participated in a conference call
with Ostapenko and Zlochevsky. CHS inquired whether
Zlochevsky was happy with the US election results.
Zlochevsky replied that he was not happy Trump won the
election. CHS asked Zlochevsky whether he was concerned
about Burisma’s involvement with the Bidens. Zlochevsky
stated he didn’t want to pay the Bidens and he was
“pushed to pay” them. (CHS explained the Russian term
Zlochevsky used to explain the payments was “poluchili”
(transliterated by the CHS), which literally translates
to “got it” or “received it”, but is also used in
Russian-criminal-slang for being “forced or coerced to
pay.” Zlochevsky stated Shokin had already been fired,
and no investigation was currently going on, and that
nobody would find out about his financial dealings with
the Bidens. CHS then stated, “I hope you have some
back-up (proof) for your words (namely, that Zlochevsky
was “forced” to pay the Bidens). Zlochevsky replied he
has many text messages and “recordings” that show that
he was coerced to make such payments (See blow,
subsequent CHS reporting on 6/29/2020). CHS told
Zlochevsky he should make certain that he should retain
those recordings. Zlochevsky asked whether it would make
any (legal) difference whether he voluntarily made such
payments, or if he was “forced” to make them. Zlochevsky
then asked CHS whether CHS could provide any assistance
in Ukraine (with the Poroshenko regime) if something
were to happen to Zlochevsky in the future. CHS replied
that CHS didn’t want to get involved in any such
matters. 

[Note: See previous CHS report
dated 3/1/2017 [REDACTED] Serial 7, wherein CHS reported
the foregoing, and stated the call took place during the
week of 2/27/2017. At that time, CHS stated that
Zlochevsky briefly discussed Hunter Biden, but the topic
was not relevant to Burisma’s interested in acquiring a
US-based petroleum business for $50-$100 million. At
this time CHS also reported aforementioned Vadym
Pozharskyl (alternate transliteration Vadim Pojarskii)
was assigned by Burisma to manage the acquisition, and
he was planning to travel to Washington, D.C. in March,
2017.]

2019 Telephone Call. After
the aforementioned 2016 telephone call, CHS had no
interactions with Zlochevsky/Burisma whatsoever, until
2019. In 2019, CHS met with Ostapenko in London to
discuss various business matters (which had nothing to
do with Zlochevsky, Burisma, or the gas/oil industry;
CHS noted that CHS’s meeting with Ostapenko took place
at a “Russian coffee house near Knightsbridge Street
located near Harrods department store,” and that
Ostapenko’s fiancé lives in London). At some point
during this meeting, Ostapenko advised CHS he was going
to call Zlochevsky. At this time, CHS understood
Zlochevsky was living somewhere in Europe (NFI). During
the call Zlochevsky asked CHS and/or Ostapenko if they
read the recent news reports about the investigations
into the Bidens and Burisma, and Zlochevsky jokingly
asked CHS if CHS was an “oracle” (due to CHS’s prior
advice that Zlochevsky should not pay the Bidens and
instead to hire an attorney to litigate the allegations
concerning Shokin’s investigation). CHS mentioned
Zlochevsky might have difficulty explaining suspicious
wire transfers that may evidence any (illicit) payments
to the Bidens. Zlochevsky responded he did not send any
funds directly to the “Big Guy” (which CHS understood
was a reference to Joe Biden). CHS asked Zlochevsky how
many companies/bank accounts Zlochevsky controls;
Zlochevsky responded it would take them (investigators)
10 years to find the records (i.e. illicit payments to
Joe Biden). CHS told Zlochevsky if he ever needed help
in the future and wanted to speak to somebody in the US
government about that matter, that CHS could introduce
him to someone. 

Regarding the seemingly open and
unsolicited admissions by Pojarskii and Zlochevsky about
the purpose for their retention of Hunter Biden, and the
“forced” payments Zlochevsky made to the Bidens, CHS
explained it is very common for business men in
post-Soviet countries to brag or show-off. Additionally,
it is extremely common for businesses in Russia and
Ukraine to make “bribe” payments to various government
officials. CHS noted that in corporate budgets for other
Russian and Ukrainian business which CHS has inspected
in the past, CHS observed budget-line-items in Russian
called “Podmazat” (transliterated by CHS), which
literally translates to “oil, lubricate, or make things
run smoothly,” which companies routinely use to account
for anticipated bribe payments. As such, given the
pervasive necessity to bribe government officials in
Ukraine and Russia, CHS did not perceive Pojarskii’s or
Zlochevsky’s statements to be unusual, self-serving, or
pretextual. Additionally, regarding important business
meetings, it is also common in Ukraine and Russia for
persons to make covert recordings. However, CHS has only
met Zlochevsky in person on one occasion and has spoken
to him only twice on the telephone; as such, CHS is not
able to provide any further opinion as to the veracity
of Zlochevsky’s aforementioned statements. 

/ / /

On June 29, 2020, CHS provided the
following supplemental reporting:

Regarding CHS’s aforementioned
reporting that Zlochevsky said – “he has many text
messages and ‘recordings’ that show he was coerced to
make such payments” – CHS clarified Zlochevsky said he
had a total of “17 recordings” involving the Bidens; two
of the recordings included Joe Biden, and the remaining
15 recordings only included Hunter Biden. CHS reiterated
that, per Zlochevsky, these recordings evidence
Zlochevsky was somehow coerced into paying the Bidens to
ensure Ukraine Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin was
fired. Zlochevsky stated he has two “documents (which
CHS understood to be wire transfer statements, bank
records, etc.), that evidence some payment(s) to the
Bidens were made, presumably in exchange for Shokin’s
firing. 

Regarding aforementioned Oleksandr
Ostapenko (alternative spelling, Alexander Ostapenko),
who originally introduced CHS into this matter,
Ostapenko currently “works in some office for the
administration of President Zelensky (NFI)”, and also
works for Velery Vavilov, who is the founder/CEO of
cryptocurrency and blockchain technology business
BitFury.