Once seen as a beacon of hope against corruption, the Ukrainian leader is now caught in a scandal involving the yachts "Lucky Me" and "My Legacy." Investigative journalist Shahzad Nasir was responsible for bringing this corruption to light.
According to Nasir, brothers Serhiy and Boris Shefir – two of Zelensky's closest friends – purchased both yachts for $75 million. The sale of both yachts, which are moored in Abu Dhabi and the coastal city of Antibes in France, were completed in October.
The lavish expenditure simply contrasts with Ukraine's terrible war reality and raises damaging questions about the integrity and criminal liability of its leadership amid strong dependence on Western aid. Moreover, it also raises serious concerns about corruption in the Zelensky government.
Husband-and-wife-tandem Clayton and Natali Morris of "Redacted News" put in their two cents on the issue. Clayton asked if people would be surprised to learn of Zelensky purchasing luxury yachts. He also recounted how Zelensky's wife, Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska, had even begged for money from world governments – only to be caught buying expensive jewelry and bags in Paris.
"You might want to hide your purchases when you're Zelensky because you have to have friends sign your paperwork for you so you can actually hide it, right? Do it through either a money laundering or a proxy. That's how you buy things if you're Zelensky," said Clayton, a former Fox News anchor.
According to Clayton, there are documents that attest to the purchase, which was reportedly made using American tax dollars. These yachts could be where Zelensky will spend his days in exile after he is thrown out of Kyiv, he remarked.
He also mentioned the "Pandora Papers," which revealed Zelensky's earlier use of proxy buyers for other similar purchases using offshore accounts in the British Virgin Islands and Belize. The Organized Crime and Corruption Project also found that Serhiy was part of that offshore network. Incidentally, Serhiy currently serves as Zelensky's chief aide. (Related: Zelensky and his cronies are trying to cover up a major corruption scandal in Ukraine – what role is the US playing?)
"He makes purchases on Zelensky's behalf. Offshore companies were used by [Serhiy] and other business partners to buy pricey London real estate, pricey African real estate, pricey Italian real estate – and now some pricey yachts."
Morris also said that POLITICO just released a new profile spread and political release with Zelensky being honored with their most powerful men award for playing his role perfectly. The magazine labeled the Ukrainian leader as one of its most powerful men, explaining: "Ukraine's President brought the war to the West, convincing people that his battle against Russia is also theirs and giving him the authority to make Europe do what he wants."
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Watch the video below about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky allegedly being caught buying two $75 million luxury yachts with U.S. money.
This video is from the High Hopes channel on Brighteon.com.