The U.S. government is in no way involved in the leaks of the documents of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. This was at the briefing said state Department spokesman mark Toner.
“I would like to refute the assumptions and allegations that we in any way involved in the actual leak of these documents,” said Toner (quote via Associated Press). Commenting on the content of “the Panama papers,” he did not.
On Thursday, the investigation about the offshore accounts that mentions Russian officials and businessmen, said the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. From his point of view, the publication is an attempt “to destabilize [the situation in Russia] from the inside”. “The easiest way what? This is to make some kind of distrust within society towards the authorities, state administration bodies, to set one against the other”, — said the head of state during his speech at onf media forum in St. Petersburg.
Putin also touched upon references in the investigation of his friend, musician Sergei Roldugin. “There’s some friend of Mr. President of Russia, he did there, perhaps it has some corruption. <…> What? Yes no there is no,” he said. According to him, the cellist was a minority shareholder in a Russian company. “It is something they earned, and it’s not billions of dollars, billions is absolute rubbish,” said Putin, adding that he is proud of the friendship with Roldugina.
Investigation on offshore companies was published by the International consortium of investigative journalism (ICIJ) and the Center for the study of corruption and organized crime (OCCRP) in early April. It contains information about offshore companies and foreign companies associated with the families of the 12 Russian officials. the Journalists also claim that “Putin” brought from Russia via the network of banks and shadow companies about $2 billion In the investigation said that hundreds of millions of dollars allegedly passed through Roldugina associated with the company.
Organizations such as USAID (United States Agency for international development) and the Institute “open society”, also known as the Soros Foundation, open listed among the sponsors on the OCCRP website.