Shokin was going to start an anti-corruption case against Biden's son. Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma Holdings, a major Ukrainian natural gas producer. Mikhailov underscores that this was a form of bribery of American officials. However, the real reason why Shokin started digging into his own American patrons is different. The fact is that Washington was trying to build a parallel system of investigative and law enforcement agencies in Ukraine like a separate prosecutor's office and a judicial system. But many people were against it; the most active resistance was from President Poroshenko. That is why the White House did not support him during the elections, and the US Ambassador to Ukraine openly criticized him.
RISS expert points out that the investigation into Bidens looks a bit strange now as President Donald Trump unsuccessfully asked to open a case during his impeachment trial. American mass media suggests that this is due to the appointment of A.Yermak as the head of the Ukrainian President’s office. Yermak was in direct contact with Trump's lawyer.
If Biden is the major democratic presidential candidate, then there would be a scandal, the expert believes. Democrats understand this and warn Ukraine that it may lose the support of their party. At the same time, Biden has the best chance of becoming the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. His electorate is generally less consolidated than B.Sanders' voters. However, the entire Democratic Party will vote for Biden at the convention scheduled for June this year.