Emails discovered on Hunter Biden’s — recently confirmed as real and authentic — laptop that first surfaced before the 2020 election indicate that he invested in and helped fund Ukrainian biolabs, which are a key part of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s stated reasons for invading.
A report in the New York Post noted that U.S. intelligence officials previously dismissed Putin’s claims as war propaganda designed to justify the invasion of Ukraine. They said that the Ukrainian labs were not secret and had received public funding from the U.S. to carry out ordinary pathogen research.
Russian state official Vyacheslav Volodin now claims that the reported emails are proof that Hunter and Joe Biden have been directly involved in bioweapons research in Ukraine. He also accused billionaire political activist George Soros of helping to fund the biolabs in order to promote calls for a regime change in Russia.
The Post said that Volodin’s claim is now considered “accurate” in light of emails retrieved from Hunter Biden’s laptop.
The emails reveal that during the time Joe Biden was still vice president, Hunter Biden was a partner in Rosemont Seneca, a company that invested $500,000 in Metabiota, a pathogen research firm.
Hunter introduced principals from Metabiota to friends of his inside Ukrainian gas company Burisma. At the time, Hunter was being paid $50,000 per month to sit on Burisma’s board. The investment from Rosemont Seneca was used for a “science project” dealing with new biolabs inside Ukraine.
Metabiota Vice President Mary Guttieri emailed a memo to Hunter in 2014 detailing how her company could “leverage our team, networks, and concepts” to help Ukraine maintain its independence from Russia and position itself as an ally to the West.
Burisma official Vadym Pozharskyi wrote to Hunter about Metabiota’s intentions in Ukraine. He asked Hunter to confirm that Metabiota was subcontracted with engineering firm Black & Veatch, which was, in turn, directly contracted with the U.S. Department of Defense.
The U.S. gave $23.9 million to Metabiota soon thereafter. More than $307,000 was designated for “Ukrainian research projects.”
Former CIA officer Sam Faddis told reporters that although it is obvious that Russia is taking advantage of the situation to further its war propaganda efforts, there is “something that needs to be explored here.” Faddis noted that Hunter’s father was the sitting vice president and was tasked with maintaining diplomatic relations with Ukraine at the same time Hunter was working on involving Burisma with Metabiota.
U.S. intelligence officials warned Congress earlier this month that Russia may be seeking to “gain control of biological research facilities” as part of its invasion. The warning has spurred concerns that dangerous and possibly engineered pathogens funded by the U.S., with the assistance of the Biden family, could now fall into Putin’s hands.