It’s been a bit of a mystery why notable Russian oligarch Vladimir Yevtushenkov — a billionaire who until recently controlled Sistema, an engineering conglomerate that manufactures drones — has escaped U.S. sanctions.
Yevtushenkov has been hammered by U.K sanctions, which forced him to give up a controlling stake in the Sistema conglomerate in March. Vladimir transferred a 10% stake to his son after the U.K. sanctions, Reuters reported at the time.
But the Russian billionaire dodging the sweeping U.S. sanctions has raised questions among the honest press.
“Despite his close links to the Kremlin… Vladmir Yevtushenkov seems untouched,” EU Reporter noted. “Yevtushenkov, 73, was named in the Kremlin Report as one of 200 businessmen and officials alleged to be corrupt. He is said by Forbes Magazine to be worth $1.4 billion – he once had $9 billion, then making him Russia’s 15th richest person.”
“His company Kronshtadt – part of the Sistema Group – is said to be supplying Orion drones for Russian forces to bomb cities,” the report added. He has even faced vocal protests at his home in London.
Cars beep in support as protesters chant “Blood money, out of London!” at Vladimir Yevtushenkov’s mansion 31 Holland Park. He also owns 7 Holland Park Mews. Sistema Group produces combat drones for Russian military. Not sanctioned. @londonmaidan @UkrainianLondon pic.twitter.com/T1jp2FBekx
— Svitlana Pyrkalo (@pyrkalo) March 19, 2022
“Cars beep in support as protesters chant ‘Blood money, out of London!’ at Vladimir Yevtushenkov’s mansion 31 Holland Park,” Svitlana Pyrkalo reported. “He also owns 7 Holland Park Mews. Sistema Group produces combat drones for Russian military. Not sanctioned.”
A new exclusive report from the Daily Mail, however, solves the mystery of why Yevtushenkov has been sanctioned by the U.K., but is as of yet unsanctioned by the U.S.
“But while he was added to the UK and Australian sanctions lists this month but remains one of a handful of oligarchs unsanctioned by the Biden administration,” the Mail added.
“Hunter’s multiple meetings and apparent business deals with him are the latest in a troubling web of his connections to Putin-linked mega-rich individuals which has emerged from his abandoned laptop,” the report continued.
“Emails show the president’s son and his business partners were courting Yevtushenkov for an investment in their real estate company in 2012 and 2013,” the Mail noted.
Documents via investigative journalist Vicky Ward also show that Yevtushenkov had an itinerary to visit the U.S. from March 12 to March 15, 2012.
On that itinerary is a breakfast on March 14th with Hunter Biden at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in New York [Becker News confirms] and a three-hour meeting with “Rosemont Realty” the next day in Dallas, Texas to “review real estate portfolio Rosemont Realty.”
The contact for Hunter Biden was the CEO of Rosemont Realty: Dan Burrell.
Ward avers that the document was “authenticated by a source who was an insider at Yevtushenkov’s company, Sistema.” She also points out that the metadata indicate an origination from someone with the last name Bashirov at Sistema JSFC. Ward also follows up by asking a source with knowledge if Yevtushenkov ever discussed meeting Hunter Biden.
“But a separate source says that before he left for the U.S., Yevtushenkov told colleagues—excitedly—he had been introduced to Hunter Biden by Elena Baturina. (Baturina’s late husband was Yury Luzhkov, the mayor of Moscow),” Ward reports.
“A separate source says that, prior to March 2012, Archer asked Burrell, who was in Europe at the time meeting with investors, if he would meet Baturina, who also had an interest in investing in the company,” she adds. “The meeting took less than half an hour, and a well-placed source says Burrell never met her again. (Archer was on the board of Rosemont Realty as a consequence of his co-founding Rosemont Capital with Chris Heinz—whose stepfather, John Kerry, Burrell had worked for as a staff member of Kerry’s political team). Baturina ultimately made a minority investment in three of Rosemont Realty’s then-117 properties, according to a source with knowledge.”
“Hunter Biden was not in that meeting in Europe, according to a source with knowledge, but Archer had introduced the young Biden to Burrell and had asked if he too could come on the Rosemont Realty advisory board,” Ward continues. “Burrell had agreed.”
The Daily Mail goes on to show that Hunter Biden associate Devon Archer had made extensive trips throughout Russia to lay the foundations for future business deals.
“I am meeting with Evtushenkov [sp.] 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.
“We are going to be reviewing our commercial office investment program with him and his team,” Archer continued. “From there we are going to see one of our properties in the afternoon called Dulles View, a $110mm office property in the DC sub market, as an example of our portfolio holdings.”
“Joining me will be one of my Partners in Rosemont Seneca and an Advisory Board Member of Rosemont Realty, Hunter Biden,” he added.
“Hunter also invited billionaire Elena Baturina, the wife of late, corrupt Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov, to the 2015 Cafe Milano meeting with Joe,” the Daily Mail noted.
“The year before, Baturina had wired $3.5million to Rosemont Seneca Thornton, a company Hunter was involved in, according to financial documents uncovered by a senate investigation,” the Mail reported.
Former President Donald Trump recently made headlines when he called on Russian leader Vladimir Putin to “release” information on an alleged business deal involving Hunter Biden and Baturina.
“So now I would think Putin would know the answer to that,” Trump said on “Just the News” airing on Real America’s Voice network. “I think he should release it. I think we should know that answer.”
The New York Post has further documented that Joe Biden met with Hunter Biden’s business associates at the very same Café Milano.
“Joe Biden met with Ukrainian, Russian and Kazakhstani business associates of his son’s at a dinner in Washington, DC, while he was vice president, records on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop show,” the Post reported.
“The dinner, on April 16, 2015, was held in the private ‘Garden Room’ at Café Milano, a Georgetown institution whose catchphrase is: ‘Where the world’s most powerful people go,’ the report continued. “The next day, Hunter received an email from Vadym Pozharskyi, an executive of… Burisma, to thank him for introducing him to his father.”
“The guest list prepared by Hunter three weeks before the Café Milano dinner included Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina and her husband, corrupt former Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov, who since has died,” the Post reported. “Baturina wired $3.5 million on Feb. 14, 2014, to Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC, a Delaware-based investment firm co-founded by Hunter and Devon Archer, a former adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry.”
“The wires were flagged in suspicious activity reports provided by the Treasury to a Senate Republican inquiry into Hunter last year by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee,” the Post added.
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