When his father was the world’s second most powerful man, Hunter Biden met in Russia with at least four oligarchs closely linked to Vladimir Putin – including one who is now wanted for murder in the country, The Post has learned.
The meeting with Telman Ismailov took place on February 17, 2012 at the Moscow headquarters of AST Group, his vast holding company which once owned a publishing house, a travel agency and had a telecoms division, according to the Moscow Times.
Ismailov was charged in 2017 by Russian authorities with paying $2 million for the murder of two entrepreneurs a year earlier, Agence France-Presse reported. Vladimir Savkin, a shopping mall magnate, and Yury Brilev, founder of Lyublino Motors, were both knocked down on the Novorizhskoye highway in Moscow, allegedly because of a business dispute with Ismailov, according to the Investigative Committee of Russia, the country’s main federal investigative agency.
A lawyer for Ismailov did not respond to the Post’s request for comment on the alleged murders or the Hunter Biden meeting, but told Radio Free Europe that the charges were false and “resulted from political and economic persecution by the Russian Federation”. In February, he was granted asylum in Montenegro.
It’s unclear what Hunter Biden wanted with Ismailov, but the trip was part of a two-day meeting between Hunter and the country’s wealthy oligarchs – which at least in part focused on raising foreign money for Rosemont Realty. , an offshoot of Hunter Biden. Rosemont Seneca Associates. The investment firm was co-founded by Hunter Biden, Devon Archer and Chris Heinz.
The flurry of meetings raises questions about what issues were discussed and whether the oligarchs sought unwelcome access to Hunter Biden’s father. On February 22, 2012 – just days after returning from Russia – Hunter Biden met with Vice President Biden at his home in the Naval Observatory, according to his schedule.
“The only reason anyone – other than a crack dealer or a prostitute – would want to meet Hunter Biden is to go see his father,” said Jim Hanson, president of the Security Studies Group. “They were selling access, it was their business model. The Biden family has been involved in capitalizing on Joe’s political career.
Ironically, it was Joe Biden who lambasted President Trump for his ties to Russia.
“Donald Trump’s entire presidency has been a gift to Putin,” then-candidate Biden said. a tweet from June 2020. “Unlike Trump, I will stand up for our democratic values and stand up to autocrats like Putin,” he said. added in august.
Other billionaire oligarchs penciled into Hunter Biden’s timeline – which The Post found on a hard drive Hunter Biden dumped at a Delaware computer repair store in April 2019 – included Sergey Chemezov, the conglomerate’s CEO of Russian State Rostec (formerly Rostekhnologii); Vladimir Yevtushenkov, chairman of the Russian holding company Sistema; and Samuel S. Karapetyan, a Russian real estate baron.
Hunter’s trips to Russia took place before their assault on Ukraine and at a time when the Obama administration was seeking to “reset” relations between the two countries.
“When Republicans take over the House in January, the Biden family’s shady association with Russia and China must be investigated. Perhaps Hunter’s relationships with foreign nationals explain why the Biden administration has an ‘America Last’ foreign policy,” Congresswoman Nicolle Malliotakis (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) told the Post.
Chemezov has been close friends with Russian President Vladimir Putin since the 1980s, when they were both young KGB agents working in East Germany. It was sanctioned by the United States in 2014 after the invasion of Crimea by Russia and again in 2022 on their subsequent attempt to invade the rest of the country. His super yacht was seized by Spain in March.
Yevtushenkov has been sanctioned by England and Australia for the current war in Ukraine – but has not been punished by the United States either. He is married to the sister of Russian billionaire Elena Baturina, the widow of deposed Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov.
Baturina wired $3.5 million for an “advisory deal” with an investment firm co-founded by Hunter Biden in 2014, according to a report by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) In 2020 alleges. Hunter Biden denied being a co-founder of the company.
Yevtushenkov followed with breakfast with Hunter in New York at the Ritz-Carlton near Central Park on March 14, 2012. A rep for Yevtushenkov previously told the Post that the meeting was ‘part of a routine business trip in the United States to spot potential investment opportunities.