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A Brief Primer on the History of Ukrainian Corruption

Embezzlement, bribery, political favoritism and nepotism… to list a few.



The issue of corruption in the Ukrainian government has been a longstanding problem that has plagued the country since its independence in 1991. From embezzlement and bribery to political favoritism and nepotism, corruption has been a defining feature of the country’s political landscape. American conservatives have been particularly vocal in their condemnation of corruption in Ukraine, with many arguing that it undermines the country’s democratic institutions and hampers economic development. In this article, we will examine the history of corruption in the Ukrainian government from an American conservative perspective, highlighting some of the most prominent voices on this issue.

Interestingly, one of the most outspoken critics of corruption in Ukraine has been Senator John McCain. In a 2014 speech on the Senate floor, he condemned what he called “the pervasive corruption that has plagued Ukraine for decades.” He went on to argue that corruption was not only a moral failing but also a strategic one, as it weakened the country’s ability to defend itself against external threats. “Corruption in Ukraine has undermined its democracy, its economy, and its national security,” he said. “It has allowed Russia to exert undue influence over the country, and it has siphoned off resources that could have been used for the benefit of the Ukrainian people.”

McCain’s concerns were echoed by many other American conservatives, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. In a 2019 op-ed for Fox News, he wrote that corruption was one of the biggest obstacles to Ukraine’s success. “Ukraine has enormous potential, but corruption has stunted its growth and left its people impoverished,” he argued. “The Ukrainian government must take bold steps to root out corruption and create a level playing field for all citizens.”

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Many historians and political pundits have pointed to the role of oligarchs in perpetuating corruption in Ukraine. Oligarchs are wealthy individuals who have amassed vast fortunes through a combination of business savvy, political connections, and sometimes illegal means. They wield enormous influence over the country’s political and economic systems, often using their wealth to buy off politicians and control the media.

One of the most infamous oligarchs in Ukraine is Ihor Kolomoisky, who Forbes estimates to be worth over $1.2 billion. Kolomoisky made his fortune in the banking and energy sectors, but he has been accused of using his wealth to control the media and bribe politicians. In a 2019 interview with Bloomberg, he acknowledged that corruption was a problem in Ukraine but argued that it was not unique to the country. “There’s corruption in every country, it’s a matter of degree,” he said. “The problem is when it gets too big, too open, too public, too brazen.”

Many American conservatives would argue that corruption in Ukraine has indeed reached a level of brazenness that is unacceptable. They point to cases like the one involving former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who has been accused of embezzlement and other corrupt practices. In a 2019 op-ed for The National Interest, conservative commentator Doug Bandow argued that Poroshenko’s corrupt activities had undermined the country’s democratic institutions. “Ukraine cannot become a successful democracy until it deals with its corruption problem,” he wrote.

Despite the widespread recognition of corruption as a problem in Ukraine, progress in combating it has been slow. The country’s anti-corruption agencies have been hampered by political interference, and many politicians and officials have been reluctant to give up their ill-gotten gains. In a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Times, conservative commentator David A. Keene argued that the United States needed to do more to support anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine. “We must help the Ukrainian government build the institutions it needs to combat corruption and protect the rule of law,” he wrote. “Only then can Ukraine achieve its fullpotential as a democratic and prosperous nation.”

One of the most significant steps that the United States has taken to combat corruption in Ukraine was the establishment of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) in 2016. This program provides financial and technical assistance to the country’s law enforcement agencies and anti-corruption bodies. However, the USAI has been a source of controversy, with some conservatives arguing that the funds have been misused or misappropriated by Ukrainian officials.

Despite these challenges, many American conservatives remain committed to supporting Ukraine in its fight against corruption. They see corruption as a threat not only to Ukraine’s democratic institutions but also to the broader geopolitical stability of the region. In a 2019 op-ed for The Washington Examiner, conservative commentator Tom Rogan argued that the United States needed to remain engaged in Ukraine to counter Russian influence and support democratic reform. “Ukraine is a frontline state in the struggle for freedom and democracy in Europe,” he wrote. “It’s vital that we continue to stand with the Ukrainian people in their fight against corruption and for a better future.”

Corruption in the Ukrainian government has been a persistent problem that has undermined the country’s democratic institutions and economic development. From the perspective of American conservatives, corruption in Ukraine poses a strategic threat to regional stability and represents a moral failing on the part of the country’s leaders.

The Bidens and Ukraine:

The Biden corruption allegations in Ukraine have been a source of controversy since the 2020 election cycle. The allegations stem from Joe Biden’s role as Vice President during the Obama administration and his involvement in Ukrainian politics. Specifically, conservatives have accused Biden of using his position to influence Ukrainian policy in a way that benefited his son Hunter’s business interests.

The allegations center on Hunter Biden’s position on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company. Hunter joined the board in 2014, shortly after Joe Biden was named the Obama administration’s point person on Ukraine. Biden pressured the Ukrainian government to fire its top prosecutor, who was investigating corruption allegations against Burisma, in order to protect his son’s business interests.

Conservatives have pointed to several pieces of evidence to support their allegations. One of the most prominent is a video clip of Joe Biden bragging about pressuring the Ukrainian government to fire the prosecutor during a speech at a 2018 event. In the clip, Biden describes how he threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees unless the prosecutor was fired. This constitutes an abuse of power, as Biden was using his position as Vice President to further his personal interests.

Conservative pundits and politicians have also pointed to Hunter Biden’s lack of experience in the energy sector as evidence of corruption. They argue that his position on the board of Burisma was a result of his family connections, rather than his qualifications for the job. In a 2019 op-ed for Fox News, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wrote that “Hunter Biden’s employment at Burisma reeks of nepotism and corruption.”

The allegations against Joe and Hunter Biden have been a frequent topic of discussion among American conservatives, particularly in the context of the 2020 election. Some conservatives have accused the media of ignoring the story, arguing that if the allegations had been made against a Republican politician, they would have received much more attention. In a 2020 op-ed for The Washington Times, conservative commentator Tammy Bruce wrote that “the media’s silence on the Biden family’s corrupt activities is deafening.”

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Biden and the Democrats Are Turning America into a Police State



“When those who are entrusted to enforce the law,” said author and Fox host Gregg Jarrett, “instead, abuse their power to pursue innocent people in the name of justice it is the worst kind of oppression.” The ongoing weaponization of government agencies and the courts in order to stop Donald Trump is the quintessence of such oppression.

The initial goal of this scheme was the protection from prosecution and the subsequent election of Hillary Clinton. We know from reading the emails of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that high-ranking members of the FBI were working behind the scenes to ensure Trump’s defeat in the 2016 election. When that failed, the Democrats launched the second step in their plan—the special counsel investigation run by Robert Mueller to prove Trump-Russia collusion.

When that failed, step three was put in motion—the assault on Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago and a nefarious barrage of phony indictments leveled against Trump and many of his supporters. The indictments are baseless. Questioning the outcome of an election is not a crime. “One of the election crimes Trump is charged with,” said Kurt Schlichter on Townhall, “is that he allegedly conspired to violate a civil right of American citizens. What right, you ask? Well, a convoluted version of the right to vote, which apparently he conspired to interfere with by insisting that elections be honest, transparent, and unrigged. No one else has ever been prosecuted for that.”

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If successful, the indictments would put Trump in a jail cell for the rest of his life. This campaign amounts to a criminal conspiracy by Democrats to destroy the leading Republican contender for the 2024 nomination. It is an overt attempt to interfere with the outcome of a presidential election. Ironically, this is precisely the charge that the Democrats want to hang on Trump.

The Democrats have not recovered from Trump’s 2016 victory. As a political outsider sworn to “drain the swamp,” Trump scares the pants off the Washington elite. They will do anything to protect their lucrative rackets, whether their tactics are legal or not. Meanwhile, Biden is getting away with the worst corruption ever perpetrated by an American president.

Along with Biden, a guilty cast of characters is going free—Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, James Comey, Susan Rice, John Brennan, Barack Obama, and others. Gregg Jarrett has spelled out their crimes in agonizing detail. Why haven’t they been investigated? The answer: the guilty parties are the same corrupt people who run the justice system. For justice to prevail, they would be required to investigate themselves.

One consequence of the anti-Trump cabal is the loss of confidence by the American public in our system of justice. The public understands that we have a double standard. Justice and fair play do not apply to conservatives and Trump supporters.

Let’s do a little pretending. You are living in East Germany in 1960. Stasi, the repressive secret police, have arrested you and threatened that if you don’t testify against someone they want to condemn, you will spend the next 40 years behind bars and the state will go after your spouse, your children, and your beloved dog Fido. Ah, but you say, “This is America. That could never happen here.” Well guess what, this used to be the land of the free. The quaint notion that we benefit from due process has evaporated along with Cinderella’s ball gown and fancy coach.

Thanks to our politicized justice system, General Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Dinesh D’Souza and now President Trump have seen their lives destroyed because of their political opposition to the corrupt Democratic Party. If the powers of government can be weaponized to sabotage a former president, what perversion of justice can be directed at you and me?

Former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell, author of Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice, described a justice system consisting of out-of-control prosecutors who will do anything to get a conviction. She has been proven correct in a way she never anticipated. Powell is one of the Trump supporters targeted by the Democrat-fueled indictments. Goodbye USA, hello Stasi. If you refuse to support Biden, we will destroy you, your family, and your dog.

It’s the sort of thing we would expect to happen in North Korea. A venal gang of Obama alumni is getting away with a perversion of American justice. When a government doesn’t have a crime but starts a campaign to find one, that’s called a police state. Unless the anti-Trump indictments are quashed and we address the real scandal in our government—corruption in the Oval Office, DOJ, FBI, and IRS—we can kiss the American system of justice goodbye.

Ed Brodow (www.edbrodowpolitics.com) is a conservative political commentator and author of two No. 1 Amazon Best Sellers, AMERICA ON ITS KNEES: The Cost of Replacing Trump with Biden, and THE WAR ON WHITES: How Hating White People Became the New National Sport.

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Do you feel like you wake up every day to a bad dream and then struggle with the fact that your nightmare is actually reality in America today? Thankfully, the polls of Democrats and Republicans alike are sending a clear message—we’ve had enough of dementia Joe. He is often incoherent with or without his teleprompter. After speaking, he consistently wanders waiting to be guided to an exit. He tries to kiss and grope women who fall into his meandering web. Heaven help him if he would actually have to handle an open press conference with unscripted questions. The man seldom even works; he majors in rest and vacations.

And yet, somehow, Biden manages to keep making executive orders and decisions that move America further into “progressive” darkness. Obviously, somebody other than the President is managing the puppet strings and moving America faster and further into institutionalizing leftist policies.

Fearful of Biden facing Trump in the 2024 election, the Democrats have managed to tie up the leading Republican candidate with 91 indictments. Their hope is that the legal quagmire and trials will restrict his ability to mount an effective campaign. Be clear. The Democrats have one goal—keep Trump out of office and hopefully in jail.

Speaking of jail, where are the investigative reporters unraveling the crimes of “the Big Guy” Biden. We have recorded statements by Joe bragging about bribing Ukrainian leaders with US funds conditional on firing the Ukrainian district attorney looking into prosecuting Burisma. Vice President Joe Biden stopped the man whose investigation could have implicated his son, Hunter Biden. The Democrats keep claiming that Hunter’s problems have nothing to do with the President.

Unfortunately for Joe, in spite of such claims more and more evidence is mounting that the President and the Biden family benefited from Hunter’s influence peddling. Hunter Biden’s email to his daughter Naomi Biden that recently became public makes clear the father’s involvement. The email has been verified by the Washington Post and is clearly damning.

According to Hunter’s statement in that email, President Joe Biden demanded and received payment for his influence. It reads, “I hope you all can do what I did and pay for everything for this entire family for 30 years. It’s really hard. But don’t worry unlike Pop I won’t make you give me half your salary.”

This email and related information could have been made public two years ago. It could have impacted the 2020 election. If the House of Representatives initiates an impeachment inquiry, more of this information will be front and center and hard for the left-leaning media to avoid covering. With Joe Biden using aliases to send hundreds of additional incriminating emails, the evidence is just now coming to light.

If Biden is innocent of any wrongdoing, he should be cooperating and welcoming an investigation. Instead, he has already created a “war room” to be ready to fight any impeachment inquiry. Even with an inquiry, it’s unlikely that the Senate would have the votes to Impeach the President. But the more evidence that comes out, the more Democrats behind the scenes will likely be asking Biden to step down. Republicans did it with Nixon, and the Democrats would be wise to do it with Biden rather than risk him running again, losing, and taking their majority down with him.

The President’s future legal problems are not the only thing that is wreaking havoc on the American society. There is sexual confusion that is enraging many voters on the right and the left. In many states, biological men are claiming to be women and being allowed to compete in sporting events and winning against biological women. Politicians and even judges are refusing to define what a woman is. Most of us are pretty sure we know!

One meme that has been circulating makes the difference very clear. The world population is 8,030,610,062. People born from women: 8,030,610,062. People born from men: 0. They go on to suggest, “Feel free to fact check.” If men who call themselves women want to compete in sports, let them compete against other men instead of forcing their way into women’s locker rooms to live a lie.

In America today, they are not content limiting sexual confusion to adults. Many leftists are condoning trans surgery of young children to “change their sex” without parental approval. Schools can’t give an aspirin without parental approval, but in some states, children can decide to have irreversible surgery that mutilates their bodies. The parents are still responsible for caring for their children when they have to pick up the pieces from this child abuse.

Supporters call it “gender affirming care,” and it’s not all that rare. From 2016-2020, the American Medical Association reports 3,678 gender affirming surgeries done on children twelve to eighteen years of age. Columbia University has found that 3,315 children had breast surgery and 405 had genital surgery at a young age. This is not “care” of any kind! If anyone wants to do this to their body, wait until they are an adult and pay for it themselves.

If this is not enough, we have an administration claiming we have a secure border when millions continue to stream across our border in record numbers. Even sanctuary cities like New York have had enough. America takes pride in welcoming legal immigrants. It’s time to close down the flood of illegals.

Add to that the dismal performance in public schools around the country. Our kids are falling behind, and Democrats, coveting the support of teacher unions, refuse to even consider school choice. Minority parents want it, and Biden and his administration stand in the way.

It’s clear that America is hard to recognize as the country we once loved and cherished. It’s rapidly becoming a leftist loony bin in need of an intervention! Let’s hope that comes in November of 2024.

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