The Kremlin called the acquisition Roldugin “totally private matter”


Details related to the personal life of cellist Sergei Roldugin, are “private matter”, said the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.

“The President is quite fully outlined his attitude in General to this whole story and gave his assessment Roldugina. Of course, the details related to his personal life, his acquisitions, I don’t think anyone would want to divulge, especially since he because it is completely a private matter, concerning only Roldugin, as long as long as it conforms to our laws,” he said. When atmo he added that no information that the actions Roldugin contradict current Russian legislation, “was not”. “Here we must proceed from this” — said the spokesman.

So Sands responded to the request to disclose details made on the eve of Putin’s statements concerning the investigation of the Panama offshore companies, which includes the name Roldugin. In particular, the representative of the Kremlin asked them to tell me what musical instruments I bought a cellist, what is their price and “why it required offshore schemes”.

The President commented “the Panama document” on April 7 during medifarma Russian popular front (onf) in St. Petersburg. “As for Roldugin, he’s not just some musician, he’s a brilliant musician. Many creative people in Russia are trying to do business. As far as I know, he does too. What’s his business? He was a minority shareholder in one of our companies. It is something they earned, and it’s not billions of dollars, billions is nonsense”, — said Putin.

The President added that he was proud of such people. “Almost all the money he spent on buying musical instruments for the border and brought them to Russia, passing into the ownership of state institutions”, — added the head of state.

According to Putin, roldughin “deals, not insist on itself, organization of concerts, promotion of Russian culture, paying almost all my own funds”. And “the Panama document”, concluded the President are “trying to swing from the inside, to make us more docile and brush us as they want”.

In early April, the international consortium of investigative journalism (ICIJ) and the Center for the study of corruption and organized crime (OCCRP) published an investigation about the international network of offshore companies. It is based on the Panamanian legal documents of the company Mossack Fonseca.

In particular, in materials ICIJ and OCCRP appears Roldugin. Journalists argue that the cellist was one of the largest shareholders of the seller of television advertising in Russia, Video international (Vi), through offshore companies owning 20% of this company. He also was allegedly one of the beneficiaries of companies owned packages of KAMAZ and AVTOVAZ.