Tuesday, August 4, 2020

FBI Raids Offices Of Company With Ties To Ukrainian Oligarch

The offices are located in Cleveland, and the oligarch in question is Igor Kolomoisky--aka Ihor Valeriyovych Kolomoyskyi. Kolomoisky is a pretty unsavory character, tied to money laundering, contract killings, and--as if that weren't bad enough--Dems! 

The only details available regarding the investigation so far are a bit slim:

Federal authorities in Cleveland have been conducting a wide-ranging probe involving Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky that has been ongoing for quite some time. Kolomoisky is a principal of the Privat Group, a large Ukrainian business company, and principals of the company are also part of Optima. 
Kolomoisky and a fellow Ukrainian billionaire formed PrivatBank in the early 1990s. It became one of the Ukraine’s key financial institutions, according to Forbes. The Ukrainian government nationalized the bank in 2016 after an investigation suggested there was large-scale fraud over a decade-long period, Forbes reported. 
The financial news outlet places Kolomoisky’s net worth at about $1 billion. He remains a complicated political figure in his home country. He is a former governor of Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region.

This can't come as good news for Biden, for the Dems in general, many of whom (including Pelosi and Schiff) can be tied to dirty Ukrainian money, and especially not for Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla. Mucarsel-Powell was last seen attempting to get the goods on AG Bill Barr, who swatted her to the sidelines. However, back in December, 2019, this link between Mucarsel-Powell and Kolomoisky surfaced:

Just broke at The Federalist: Ukrainian Oligarch Paid $700,000 To The Husband Of A House Judiciary Committee Democrat. It was for legal service, so that's OK, right?

The oligarch in question--for some reason The Federalist doesn't link his Wikipedia page--is Igor Kolomoisky, described as "a Cypriot-Ukrainian billionaire business oligarch." Kolomoisky is one of those triple citizenship guys--a veritable citizenship collector. Hey, ya never know when one of those will come in handy! Ukraine, Cyprus, Israel. I guess Cyprus is for money laundering purposes.

Here are the opening paragraphs--follow the link for details:

Robert Powell, the husband of Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., reportedly took $700,000 from a Ukrainian oligarch named Igor Kolomoisky. Mucarsel-Powell sits on the House Judiciary Committee, the committee that drafted two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for his alleged abuse of power with regards to Ukraine. 
In 2018, the Daily Beast reported that a number of businesses linked to Kolomoisky hired Powell as an attorney. One of those firms paid Powell at least $700,000 over two years, according to public records. 
The Miami Herald reported Powell was working for companies tied to Kolomoisky for 10 years. Powell made most of his money in the two years leading up to his wife’s election in 2018. 
Kolomoisky has been accused of contract killings and embezzlement in the past. Yet, in 2018 when Mucarsel-Powell was running for her seat, she did not see her husband’s work as relevant to her campaign.

And there's more. Maybe Dems think someone who knows how to arrange contract killings could come in handy.

ADDENDUM: Whaddaya wanna bet, Barr knew this search was in the offing while he was putting up with the insufferable Debbie Mucarsel-Powell at the House "hearing"? And chuckling to himself.


  1. In 2018, the insufferable Mucarsei-Powell was questioned about this tie - her husband had been that guy’s legal counsel for 10 years - and she spouted that she was running for Congress, not her husband.

    For those who turned off her part of the hearing, here is her proud rendering of that segment where she - an immigrant from Ecuador - tried to take AG Barr to the woodshed:

    Love to see her kind of arrogance properly rewarded...

    1. Just watched the video ( ) that the transcript you (Bebe) link to offers at the top of the page, and now I see what you all are saying about the delightful Congresswoman from Florida. (Or is that now "Congressperson with a cervix"? It's hard to keep up with the lingo these days.)

      Anyway, these people can't possibly be removed from power, and thoroughly discredited, too soon.

  2. O/T -- George Floyd

    Speaking of illuminating video...

    Watch...and weep.

    1. At some point the jurors and the American public will have to be educated about drug overdoses (fentanyl and the combination Floyd ingested through various orifices), Excited Delirium, and what LE officers and paramedics are expected to do when they suspect them in someone they have arrested. This is new territory for the average American.

      It was interesting today to see a poster being used by protesters in Taiwan about alleged oppression: We Can’t Breathe….

  3. @Mark

    "This can't come as good news for Biden, for the Dems in general, many of whom (including Pelosi and Schiff) can be tied to dirty Ukrainian money..."

    Especially not for Biden because Kolomoisky is also apparently (based on the following links) tied to Burisma and thus to Hunter...and Joe Biden.

    Here's a clip from a post by Moon of Alabama last Fall:

    "At Naked Capitalism Yves Smith reposted a 2014 piece by Richard Smith who at that time looked into the Hunter Biden appointment to the board of Burisma...Yves writes:

    "Richard [Smith] did a deep dive into the dodgy appointment of Hunter Biden and then Secretary of State John Kerry’s long-standing bundler, Devon Archer, to the board of Burisma Holdings. Richard quickly got past the noteworthy fact that Biden Jr. was being paid quite a lot for no relevant expertise and no investment in the company…so what was he being paid for, exactly? Oh, and Richard also describes how Hunter’s and his uncle James Biden’s past financial rides were with con artists.

    "But the real puzzlement is that from everything that can be inferred, Burisma is either tiny or just a shell company. So who is behind these big director payoffs payouts? Richard found some bread crumbs that pointed to Burisma being owned by Privat Group, a conglomerate controlled by the Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky."

    Here are some links if you are curious:

    1. I expect that Trump's ads are ready to go, and he's just waiting till after the conventions when he'll have the nation's attention.

  4. @Mark

    "Kolomoisky is one of those triple citizenship guys--a veritable citizenship collector. Hey, ya never know when one of those will come in handy! Ukraine, Cyprus, Israel. I guess Cyprus is for money laundering purposes."

    And Israel is for anti-extradition purposes.

  5. Strange segment on Lou Dobbs that I can't find anywhere else.

    A teaser for sure.