Big Three Evening Nets Ignore Report Hunter Biden Business Received $40M from Russian Oligarch

October 18th, 2022 4:16 PM

The Big Three evening news networks completely ignored a new report that Hunter Biden’s real estate company received a $40 million investment from a Russian oligarch. 

Yelena Baturina (left) and Hunter Biden (right) “Yelena Baturina, the billionaire widow of a corrupt Moscow mayor” reportedly invested $40 million into Hunter Biden’s real estate company, the Daily Mail revealed in an Oct. 17 exclusive. The investment reportedly took place while now-President Joe Biden was vice president during the Obama administration. 

Baturina's brother Viktor Baturin reportedly told the Daily Mail that the money was “‘a payment to enter the American market.’” But the Big Three evening news shows — ABC's World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News — failed to cover the Daily Mail’s report during their Oct. 17 evening broadcasts.

Radio host Tara Servatius tweeted a day after Daily Mail broke the news on Hunter Biden: “We finally found the Russian payoff money the MSM was looking for!!!  Not a cent went to Trump. Not one bloody cent. But $40 million went to Hunter from a Russian oligarch.”

Forbes described Baturina as “Russia’s wealthiest woman” and the owner of “real estate in Europe and [the] USA.” She was the second wife of Yury Luzkhkov, the former mayor of Moscow, who died in 2019, according to Reuters. Luzkhkov seemingly has a long and storied history of reported corruption. The Guardian reported in 2011 that Luzkhkov was accused of committing “financial wrongdoing worth 230bn roubles” in 2009 and 2010. 

This isn’t the first time that Hunter Biden has been tied to a Russian oligarch. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) previously released a report in September 2020 headlined “Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption: The Impact on U.S. Government Policy and Related Concerns,” which highlighted the reported connection between Baturina and Hunter Biden. 

“Hunter Biden received a $3.5 million wire transfer from Elena Baturina, the wife of the former mayor of Moscow,” Johnson and Grassley wrote. “The records acquired by the Committees show that Hunter Biden and his family were involved in a vast financial network that connected them to foreign nationals and foreign governments across the globe.”

But the $40 million investment wasn’t the only Hunter Biden news that the Big Three ignored last night.

MRC news analyst Kevin Tober also called out the evening news shows for ignoring a whistleblower report that revealed that President Joe Biden was aware of his son Hunter’s shady business dealings:

"‘Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says new whistleblower documents reveal President Biden was aware of son Hunter Biden's business arrangements and may have been involved in some of them,’” Fox News Special Report anchor Bret Baier said on his Oct. 17 show. 


News Analyst Kevin Tober contributed to this report. 
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