Two Russian billionaires that went property shopping with Hunter Biden, also had dinner with then-Vice President Joe Biden, and discussed possible “favors” they could exchange.
The billionaires have since then been able to evade U.S. sanctions related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which happened over a year ago. Additional information about Joe and Hunter Biden’s relationship with Yelena Baturina and Vladimir Yevtushenkov have emerged, shedding light on some of the intriguing hints found on Hunter Biden’s discarded laptop.
After the US Treasury Department announced a new round of sanctions on Friday, the sources spoke to The New York Post this week to report that the two Russian billionaires had once again managed to avoid being included in the sanctions list.
“I think it’s very fishy,” said an anonymous source.
Vladimir Yevtushenkov, who has a net worth of $1.9 billion according to Forbes, is a Russian businessman who owns a majority stake (59%) in AFK Sistema, a large Russian conglomerate with investments in various sectors, including MTS, Ozon, and Medsi. Yevtushenkov founded Sistema in 1993 and took it public in 2005. In 2014, Sistema was accused of illegally acquiring a controlling stake in oil firm Bashneft, which was later returned and sold to state-owned Rosneft.
Much of this information was found in Hunter Biden’s laptop but have been validated as more sources come forward with similar information.
Sources report that two Russian billionaires, who have ties to President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, have successfully evaded being sanctioned. According to emails retrieved from Hunter Biden’s laptop, he met with Vladimir Yevtushenkov and visited a commercial real estate project in 2013.
“I asked [Yevtushenkov], ‘Why are you doing this?’ on the front end — before I understood that they were going to buy some real estate,” the source told The Post. “‘Why are you even doing this? Why would you be paying the son of the vice president to meet at a public restaurant in New York City?’
“He made it very clear to me that, you know … ‘I think it would be good to have a good relationship with this guy … maybe he can do a favor for us and we can do a favor for him,’” the source continued. “It was a complete quid pro quo that he was going in for.”
“I told him that’s not the way it works in America, [but] he basically laughed at me and told me I was so naïve,” the source recalled of Yevtushenkov, whose holdings also include Russia’s largest cellphone provider, MTS — which faced a long-running investigation into nearly $1 billion in bribes paid to Uzbekistani officials between 2004 and 2012. MTS, which was listed on the New York Stock Exchange before trading in its shares was suspended in July of last year, ultimately settled the case with the Trump Justice Department in 2019, agreeing to pay an $850 million fine.
The Post reported that Hunter and one of the billionaires, Vladimir Yevtushenkov, met in New York City in 2011, with the Russian billionaire reportedly paying the then-vice president’s son to meet at a public restaurant. According to an email from Hunter’s laptop, they were set to meet again in 2013.
Emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop also show that he met with another Russian billionaire, Yelena Baturina, and her husband, ex-Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, at a dinner at Cafe Milano in Georgetown in 2015. Joe Biden also attended the dinner and stayed for about 40 minutes. The gathering also featured Vadym Pozharskyi, an executive at Ukrainian energy company Burisma, which paid Hunter up to $1m per year from 2014. Joe Biden was vice president at the time and controlled the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy.
The reports also revealed that MTS, Yevtushenkov’s company, faced a long-running investigation into nearly $1 billion in bribes paid to Uzbekistani officials between 2004 and 2012. The company ultimately settled the case with the Trump Justice Department in 2019, agreeing to pay an $850m fine.