KIEV (Reuters) – In his time on the board of one of Ukraine’s largest natural gas companies, Hunter Biden, the son of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, is considered to be a useful non-executive director with a strong name , according to those familiar with the role of Biden at the company.
PHOTO FILE: In this photo file, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his son Biden Hunter attended a NCAA basketball game between Georgetown University and Duke University in Washington, USA, Jan. 30, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/image file
The role of Biden at Burisma Holdings Ltd was under intense supervision following the unsupported accusation of U.S. President Donald Trump that Joe Biden was not properly trying to help the business interests of his son in Ukraine.
Interviews with over a dozen people, including executives and former prosecutors in Ukraine, paint a picture of a director who provides advice on legal issues, financial firms and strategies during a five term Year on the board, which ends in April this year.
Biden never visited Ukraine for company’s business during that time, according to three people.
They also said that his presence on the board failed to protect the company from its most serious challenges: a series of criminal investigations brought by the Ukrainian authorities against its owners , Mykola Zlochevsky, a former minister of Ecology and Natural resources. Allegations related to tax violations, money laundering and permits for…