Putin brought $2 billion in offshores


Russian President Vladimir Putin brought about $ 2 billion in offshore companies through people close to him. This was stated in the investigation released on April 3.

The investigation was conducted by journalists from 76 countries, who have processed more than 11 million documents related to offshore companies and their owners.

Journalists got access to documents of Panamian law firm, a registrar of offshore companies Mossack Fonseca & Co. Journalists say that this firm helped clients to launder money and evade taxes.

The documents mention 4 companies related to Russia. They are registered in the offshore, and associated with the bank “Russia”, and some close friends of the Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The paper states that the commercial bank “Russia” was probably involved in potential money laundering scheme, in which these people and many close friends of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s could be involved.

The main section is devoted to St. Petersburg’s cellist Sergei Roldugin and a “network of offshore companies” “associated with Putin,” which has already appeared in the preliminary investigation close to Putin.

The investigation also mentioned the names of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Russia Alexander Mahonov, and relatives of high-ranking Russian officials: the nephew of the Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, son of another Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Igor Zubov, wife of President’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov Tatiana Navka, the head of Moscow’s Department of Transport Maxim Liksutov.

Materials were published by Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ), and WikiLeaks.

Source: 24tv.ua