We’ve reported in the past about Hunter Biden’s Russian connections, including that the firm he co-founded Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC allegedly received $3.5 million from the wife of the former Mayor of Moscow, Elena Baturina. We also noted how ironic it was that while Joe Biden was communicating with his son and others he used the secret name “Peter Henderson” — the name of the Soviet spy in the Tom Clancy novels — an interesting choice of names given the Russian connections.
But that wasn’t all. Hunter met and had business deals with Vladimir Yevtushenkov, a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin. Hunter was trying to get Yevtushenkov, along with his associates, to invest in their 2012 and 2013 real estate companies. Hunter had dinner with Yevtushenkov in Moscow at Sistema’s on February 16, 2012, after which he met Hunter. Vicky Ward, a journalist, allegedly holds additional calendar entries from Sistema which indicate Yetushenkov met again with Hunter Biden on February 16, 2012 in Moscow. They then met in New York at the Ritz-Carlton on March 14, and had breakfast together on March 15, in Texas.
Hunter Biden’s partner, Devon Archer, said in emails that they had more meetings with Yevtushenkov.
‘I am meeting with Evtushenkov for dinner Sunday evening January 27th in DC at Cafe Milano and then meeting in my DC offices Monday the 28th at 10am,’ Archer wrote, using the alternative spelling for the oligarch’s name.
‘We are going to be reviewing our commercial office investment program with him and his team. As an example of the portfolio holdings, we will be visiting Dulles View which is a $110mm DC office property.
‘Joining me will be one of my Partners in Rosemont Seneca and an Advisory Board Member of Rosemont Realty, Hunter Biden.’
Archer’s email was to Kazakhstan banker Marc Holtzman, a key fixer for Archer and Hunter.
Holtzman replied: ‘Vladimir mentioned this. I raved about you and will see him next week in Davos so will reemphasize this.’
Archer forwarded the reply to Hunter, noting Holtzman’s close relationship to Yevtushenkov.
‘FYI…Marc Holtzman was on the [IT company]Before I went to December, he was with the PGRX Board. He’s also the Head of the Finance Committee on Evtushenkov’s, Sistema Board of Directors, which benefits us,’ Archer wrote to Hunter.
Hunter Biden then called Sistema to follow up on the conversation.
It’s not clear what deals they might have had. Russian representatives claimed that there wasn’t been any follow-up.
It is a concern that Yevtushenkov now owns a company which allegedly supplies drones used in bombing Ukraine. He also used to be a Russian defense contractor.
Moreover, Yevtushenkov was sanctioned in Australia and the U.K.
A leaked audio recording was published last week of an alleged conversation between Yevtushenkov and a Georgian oligarch discussing how to circumvent international sanctions arising from Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
A US State Department spokesman refused to confirm the authenticity of the recording in a press briefing on Tuesday or US discussions around sanctions against Yevtushenkov, but added that ‘sanctions evasion is something that we are taking a very close look at around the world’.
But he hasn’t been sanctioned by the Biden Administration.
Republicans are also asking why Baturina is not being sanctioned.
Here lies the problem. You can’t have influence-peddling relationships with these people. Next, you need to consider the contact and question if it has any connection with sanctions not being imposed. That’s not good.