Moscow. April 4. Several large German banks and engineering concern Siemens has been in the media spotlight in connection with the publication of “the Panama document” International consortium of investigative journalism (ICIJ), reports Deutsche Welle.
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As the collection of the newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, working with ICIJ, Germany was mentioned in publications in two news stories: in the first there is a speech about the German financial institutions, and the second is a large multinational company engaged in the manufacture of electronics and power equipment.
Summarizing the results of the investigations into numerous offshore companies registered with the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, journalists, in particular, come to the conclusion that “German banks are helping their customers to evade taxes”.
The specific financial institutions to review the compilation prepared by the Suddeutsche Zeitung journalists by countries, is not yet known. However, the journalist Georg Mascolo notes: “Have to think long to say which of German banks was not involved in such operations”.
Scandal at Siemens
Unlike banks, “Panama dossier” POPs up the name of a particular German concern – in connection with the “corruption scandal” in the documents referred to Siemens. The Suddeutsche Zeitung journalists, in particular, indicate that the employees of the concern were willing to use “black cash”, and it was about millions of sums. Most likely, we have in mind new details of the controversial history that stretches back to 2006.
In November 2006, the Munich public Prosecutor’s office raided the headquarters of Siemens, as well as in the homes of some of its employees. Investigating authorities stated that they suspected the representatives of the concern in the bribery of persons providing him with lucrative contracts, especially government officials abroad. At first it was about bribes in tens of millions of euros. But the scandal continued to grow. It soon became clear that the group on bribery has spent more than a billion. Most involved in corruption schemes was the Department responsible for the sale of equipment fixed telephony Siemens.
Along with Germany, “the Panama document” includes ten countries: Brazil, Iceland, Switzerland, Ukraine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, China and Guinea. In the materials mentioned dozens of names of major political figures and their associates.
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In particular, called transactions, which, according to the journalists involved in the king of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdelaziz al-Saud, the relatives of the President of China XI Jinping and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. Because of the information that the Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson allegedly involved in an offshore fraud, he threatens to resign.
Among other famous persons mentioned in the investigation – footballer Lionel Messi, one of the members of the ethics Committee of FIFA, Juan Pedro Damiani and actor Jackie Chan.
Last week the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov has repeatedly talked about preparing from abroad “information stuffing” concerning Vladimir Putin and his entourage. “This is about Putin personally, it is about trying to reach his family information, it is about the childhood friends of Putin, businessmen (Kovalchuk, Rotenberg), we are talking about some offshore companies on a large number of businessmen, whom he never saw,” said Sands.