Former Ukrainian Minister accused of running global smuggling racket in Africa & S Asia
Kiev: Oleksandr Onyshchenko, once an Assistant Minister in Ukraine, is today a fugitive charged with gold smuggling in various parts of the world including Africa and South Asia.
Earlier this year the US Treasury placed sanctions on four Ukrainians including Onyshchenko as the US government alleges that he is part of the plan to defame Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden.
“Onyshchenko is a former senior political official and lawmaker who fled into exile when he was removed in 2016 under allegations of corruption,” according to a recent article published in Uganda based thebrinknews.com
Onyshchenko was born in 1969. “One could argue that he was born with the silver spoon in his mouth because his father Rajab Kadyrov was a high-ranking military official in the Soviet Union who also worked as the deputy minister for Uzbekistan Internal Affairs…He started out a career in the early 90s, in the oil and gas industry,” according to thebrinknews.com
“Given this background, it was easy for Onyshchenko to rise to places of influence. The very first was in the equestrian spaces, where he rose to become the president of the Ukrainian Equestrian Association…Ukraine made an equestrian debut at the Olympics in 2008, where Onyshchenko himself participated.”
A year prior to his Olympics feat, he had been appointed as assistant Minister for Emergencies in Ukraine. He followed this up with a first stint in parliament in 2012 and another in 2014.