Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck said this on BlazeTV on Thursday (at the 33:54 mark of this video):

Kolomoyskyi’s company Burisma was implicated in a money-laundering ring. Hunter Biden then, knowing this, goes to work for him a few weeks later. The State Department then lifts a travel ban because Joe Biden asks for it. And then a few months after that, Vice President Biden and John Kerry lobby for 1.8 billion dollars to be delivered directly into his bank, and that just goes poof.

I’m interested in the part in bold. This is a reference to the State Department’s 2015 decision to grant a US Visa to Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, ending an entry ban he had been under for several years.

My question is, is Beck right that then-Vice President Joe Biden asked the State Department to do this?

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    So I'm assuming that the Kolomoyskyi that Beck is referring to is this one. I'm not seeing a connection between him and Burisma. The owner is this man – DenisS Feb 10 at 16:20
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    @DenisS Yeah, that’s just another part of Glenn Beck’s baseless conspiracy theory. – Keshav Srinivasan Feb 10 at 18:14
  • This article dw.com/ru/… claims that a) the owners of Burisma are not exactly known, b) the owners changed in the past and c) Kolomoysky was considered one of the owners when Hunter Biden worked there. – user56345 Jul 20 at 21:48
  • The same article says that Zlochevsky (the guy, @DenisS claims to be the owner of Burisma) sold Burisma to Kolomoysky or Pinchuk (another Ukrainian billioner) in 2013. It also says that Hunter Biden got a job at Burisma two weeks after Joe Biden visited Ukraine, and that this was viewed in Ukraine as a clear evidence of corruption. Hunter Biden was not the only VIP on the Board of Burisma. A former Polish president was there too. – user56345 Jul 20 at 22:05
  • @MarkSapir that article may claim it, but it's also from 2014. Every article and source I can find says that Zlochevsky owns Burisma. It's not me claiming it, it's an objective fact. – DenisS Jul 20 at 22:42

Circumstantial at best. We have this from Tablet Magazie that details the specifics of the lifting of the travel ban. While theoretically the direction could have come from the Secretary of State or Joe Biden, such involvement was a complete omission from those that were close to the affair. Here a Reformer, who would be antagonistic to perpetuating corruption (although he could be more concerned about Ukrainian corruption, makes the case that the deal was between the Ukrainian US embassy and a third party.

The news of his departure from Ukraine—and that the American embassy in Kiev had relented on the oligarch’s longstanding visa ban—was delivered over Facebook by reformist member of the Rada (Ukraine’s Parliament), Sergey Leschenko. Leschenko was one of the idealistic young MPs who fought against Kolomoisky’s power inside the Rada. His post, translated into English below, was understandably euphoric:

News on my favourite topic. Kolomoisky took advantage of a recent conversation with the US ambassador in order to expiate himself of his American visa ban. This was brokered by the rabbi of Dnipropetrovsk Kaminetsky, who is an American citizen. A special exception was made, and Kolomoisky was issued a short stay, single entry visa for the US, where he is now mostly devoting his spare time to attending basketball games. Kolomoiskiy’s family members, were in contrast, given ten-year visas. However, sources do not specify whether Kolomoisky had the visa placed in his Ukrainian, Israeli or Cypriot passports.

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    You should take out "Circumstantial at best", because there isn't even any trace of circumstantial evidence suggesting involvement by Biden. – Keshav Srinivasan Feb 21 at 19:40
  • Kolomoysky is one of the richest men in Ukraine. He is certainly a more important person there than the President of Ukraine A decision like that can be made only by a very highly placed official in the US. – user56345 Jul 20 at 21:52
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    ... and Ukraine was in Joe Biden's sphere of responsibility. So what other traces of evidence do you need? Either Biden asked for/agreed with this decision or he was totally incompetent and did not pay attention to the region he was supposed to supervise It is hard to believe in the second possibility. – user56345 Jul 20 at 22:43

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