Hunter Biden has bragged about being able to provide intelligence on the shady Russian oligarch whose Greenwich Village townhouse was raided by the FBI on Tuesday.
The president’s son said he could provide Alcoa, an American aluminum giant, with information about “elite networks” connected to Oleg Deripaska in a proposal from his company Rosemont Seneca, emails on the Hunter laptops show.
Federal agents carried out “law enforcement activities” Tuesday at the Gay Street townhouse and at a Washington mansion linked to Deripaska, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Deripaska was investigated for money laundering and extortion and sanctioned by the United States in 2018. A spokesperson for Deripaska told The Associated Press that the searches were “related to sanctions American âand that the houses did not belong to him but belonged to relatives.
Hunter Biden proposed in 2011 to “provide Alcoa with statistical analysis of political and corporate risks, elite networks associated with Oleg Deripaska (OD), Russian CEO of Basic Element and United RUSAL”, reveal documents about the laptop he ditched on a MacBook. repair shop in Delaware in April 2019. RUSAL is a Russian aluminum company.
In an email to Daniel Cruise, then Vice President of Government and Public Affairs at Alcoa, on June 3, 2011, Hunter wrote: âPlease see the attached proposal from our last conversation. . . we have tried to give a better idea of ââthe product by joining some of the raw data produced by the elite mapping procedure.
The proposal included a “list of elites of similar rank in Russia, a map of OD [Deripaskaâs] networks based on the frequency of interaction with elites and selected countries.
Hunter wanted to charge Alcoa a fee of “$ 25,000 for the first phase of the project. [and] $ 55,000 for a refined analysis.
In a June 8, 2011 email to Hunter, Cruise’s colleague at Alcoa, Pei Cheng, wrote to Cruise, âI don’t believe data analysis is worth the $ 55,000. I think the most valuable piece for us would be the list of Russian elites connected to OD [Deripaska] it would not otherwise be on the radar of the government affairs team, including various Russian committee heads, union leaders or ministers. “
Cheng also noted Hunter’s political pedigree in his email: âRosemont Seneca [has] Co-Chairs: Hunter Biden, son of Joe Biden, and Christopher Heinz. . . stepson of Senator John Kerry â.
Alcoa had just signed a two-year metal supply agreement with RUSAL.
In an email to Hunter from his business partner Eric Schwerin, Rosemont Seneca offered to charge Alcoa only $ 25,000 for information about Deripaska.
âNot horrible comments,â Schwerin wrote in the June 10, 2011 email. âDaniel’s guy [sic] missed the point that the price was $ 25,000 reduced by $ 55,000. Hunter Biden had close ties to oligarchs close to Putin, as I detail in my upcoming book “Laptop From Hell” (released November 30).
While his father was vice president, Hunter was paid $ 83,333 a month in board fees by the corrupt Ukrainian energy company owned by Russia-aligned oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, the former minister of the Ecology under President Yanukovych.
The payout was cut in half shortly after Joe Biden left. In his five years on Burisma’s payroll, until April 2019, Hunter earned $ 4 million in consulting fees.
Hunter was also involved with the Moscow oligarchs in Putin’s Inner Shrine, including Ara Abramyan, who was awarded one of Russia’s highest civilian honors by Putin, the Order of Merit to the Fatherland.
According to the diary on his laptop, Hunter flew to Russia in 2012 to meet Abramyan immediately after having lunch in Washington with his father, then Vice President Joe Biden, then Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.
Hunter’s diary entry for February 16, 2012 shows “board breakfast” troika dialogue, lunch with Ara Abramyan at her home “in upscale Odintsovsky west from Moscow.
Some junior staff at the Obama State Department have been alarmed by Hunter’s connections to Russian oligarchs and his role in Burisma.
Energy policy envoy Amos Hochstein made two attempts to voice concerns about Hunter’s role, most notably directly with Joe in the West Wing in October 2015.
“I wanted to make sure he was aware that there was an increase in media gossip close to Russians and corrupt media owned by oligarchs [about] Hunter Biden being on the board of directors of Burisma, “Hochstein told the Republican Senate inquiry into” Hunter Biden, Burisma and corruption “by the finance and homeland security and government affairs committees, chaired by Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson.
The U.S. sanctions imposed on Deripaska in 2018 were part of a crackdown on seven Russian oligarchs and 12 companies they own. Deripaska “has been investigated for money laundering and charged with threatening the lives of business competitors, illegally wiretapping a government official and participating in extortion and racketeering, “the Treasury Department said in a press release on April 6, 2018.
âThere are also allegations that Deripaska bribed a government official, ordered the murder of a businessman and had ties to an organized Russian criminal group. “
A spokesperson for Alcoa Corporation, a spin-off company of Alcoa Inc., said they were “unable to respond on behalf of our former parent company.”
Cruise and Cheng, who are not associated with the new company, did not return requests for comment.