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Of course, Russia shouldn’t mess with the Russian speaking population in Eastern Ukrainen along its borders. Joe Biden was in Kiev, followed by CIA chief John Brennan and their was immediate response of the Ukrainian Army moving into Mariupol and Slavyansk, guns blazing. Western media didn’t cover the 42 deaths in Odessa and the total death toll after the Maidan Revolution has surpassed the sad number of pre-rebellion. In VP’s office, did Biden find a moving box with Halliburton energy dossiers belonging to Cheney?

Yesterday, the Ukrainian people in a few oblasts  held a referendum, that’s what people do expressing their opinion in a democracy. The Russian-speaking population don’t want to be ruled by an illegitimate leadership in Kiev, seated in government through molotov-cocktail throwing thugs and neo-nazis of the Pravy Sektor. Today six Ukrainian soldiers were killed in an ambush.

Hunter Biden joins the team of Burisma Holdings

Hunter Biden, son of US VP Joe Biden, is joining the board of directors of Burisma Holdings, Ukraine’s largest private gas producer. The group has prospects in eastern Ukraine where civil war is threatened following the coup in Kiev.

Biden will advise on “transparency, corporate governance and responsibility, international expansion and other priorities” to “contribute to the economy and benefit the people of Ukraine.”

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Joe Biden’s senior campaign adviser in 2004, financier Devon Archer, a business partner of Hunter Biden’s, also joined the Bursima board claiming it was like `Exxon in the old days’.

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Biden Jr’s resume is unsurprisingly sprinkled with Ivy-league dust – he is on the Chairman’s Advisory Board for the National Democratic Institute, a director for the Center for National Policy and the US Global Leadership Coalition comprising 400 American businesses, NGOs, senior national security and foreign policy experts.

Former US President Bill Clinton appointed him an Executive Director of E-Commerce Policy and he was honorary co-chair of the 2008 Obama-Biden Inaugural Committee.

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Looks like VP Biden should visit the Kremlin soon and shake hands with Putin

Burisma Holdings was set up in 2002. Its licenses cover Ukraine’s three key hydrocarbon basins, including Dnieper-Donets (in eastern Ukraine), Carpathian (western) and Azov-Kuban (southern Ukraine).

The Biden board news came as Gazprom moved Ukraine to a prepaid gas delivery regime and sent Naftogaz, Ukraine’s gas champion, a $1.66 billion bill for June with a June 2 deadline.

Burisma Holdings, Alan Apter Chairman of the Board of Directors

Burisma Holdings announces strategic appointments herald new phase of growth

(Oil Voice) Oct. 21, 2013 – Burisma Holdings, Ukraine’s leading independent gas producer, is pleased to announce four key appointments as the Company enters a new period of growth and opportunity.

  •  Alan Apter – appointed Non-executive Chairman, bringing extensive oil & gas and financial experience and expertise across Eastern Europe
  •  Leonid Petukhov – appointed Chief Executive Officer (‘CEO’), was previously CEO of Geo Alliance for six years and has a background in management consultancy with McKinsey & Company
  •  Denis Rudev – appointed Chief Financial Officer (‘CFO’), having previously been CFO and Investment Director of Smart Holding following a career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and management consulting at McKinsey & Co
  •  Andrey Kicha – appointed Chief Legal Officer, bringing extensive commercial law expertise both in private practice and working for the Kiev Economic Court

In his role as Non-executive Chairman of Burisma, Alan Apter will be focused on developing the Company’s international presence, exploring new opportunities as well as integrating best in class corporate governance standards.

Pinchuk’s Geo Alliance to conduct 34.1% share IPO worth $260 m

(Interfax) – Geo-Alliance Oil-Gas Public Limited (Cyprus), the holding company of Geo Alliance Group with assets in Ukraine, has announced plans to carry out an initial public offering (IPO) on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE) in late November or early December.

Currently all of the shares belong to several discretionary trusts created mainly in the interests of Ukrainian businessman Viktor Pinchuk.

It is expected that the bid book would be formed from November 18 to November 30, 2010 and the price of the IPO would be announced closely to November 30. Retail investors will be able to subscribe for shares only under the maximum price.

UniCredit Bank A.G. (London Branch) is the lead manager of the issue, and Concorde (Bermuda) Limited affiliated with Kyiv-based Concorde Capital is the co-lead manager.

“There is great demand and big opportunities for production development on the Ukrainian market where we work. We have 16 fields. We’re realizing an investment program and plan to drill and launch 21 wells in 2011-2013,” Geo-Alliance CEO Leonid Petukhov said.

Viktor Pinchuk Foundation and His Biography

Top 10 Wealthiest Ukrainians

(Kyiv Weekly) March 18, 2011 – But it is these people, not politicians, that are slowly but surely transforming the country, first to the benefit of own personal benefit and then, sometimes, for public benefit. Based on the strategies of public activity, Ukrainian millionaires and billionaires can be conditionally divided into three groups.

The first group is those who control major capital and invest time and money into charming the West. They willingly make statements in European press and ignore national media.

The owner of Interpipe Corporation [pdf] Viktor Pinchuk positions himself most successfully in the eyes of Europe. The organizer of the annual conference Yalta European Strategy (YES) and Ukrainian Lunch in Davos, Switzerland, he managed to secure for himself the image of Ukraine’s No. 1 philanthropist.

However, no matter how persistently Ukrainian businessmen try to put on a shiny brand new white suit for the West and no matter how well they manage to convince potential partners of the security of investments into their projects, in truth, the attitude towards them mainly depends on the conditions they lead business in. The rampant corruption in Ukraine and the rapid reversal of democratic processes is not only tarnishing the country’s international image, but also the shiny white suits of its fat cats and high rollers.

    This point hasn’t been lost on Viktor Pinchuk, the politician, media magnate and son-in-law of president Leonid Kuchma, who heads Interpipe, a Donetsk-based FIG that owns three pipe producers: Nizhnedneprovsky (Ukraine’s largest), Nikopol stainless pipe works, and Novomoskovsky.

    Interpipe has increased sales in central Asia and the Middle East this year. Its only serious rival in pipe production is the IUD, which is targeting the Russian market with large-diameter pipes made at Khartsyzk.

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