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Panama Papers: Russia Accuses Mainstream Media of Putinophobia

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    The Kremlin says the leak of the "Panama Papers" tax documents is an attack aimed primarily at Russian President Vladimir Putin | Photo: AFP

Published 4 April 2016

The Kremlin dismissed reports alleging links between President Vladimir Putin and offshore bank accounts revealed in the Panama Leaks. 

The Kremlin on Monday slammed the leak of the "Panama Papers" tax documents as an attack aimed primarily at Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite he has nothing to do with the scandal. 

"Putin, Russia, our country, our stability and the upcoming elections are the main target, specifically to destabilize the situation," Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

The Kremlin spokesman, who himself figures in the leaked documents, said there was "nothing new or concrete" about the Russian leader in the leaks, but blamed them on a mood of rampant "Putinophobia."

The year-long worldwide media investigation into millions of documents leaked from a Panama-based law firm exposed a tangle of confidential financial dealings by close friends and aides of Putin.

The documents analyzed by Russian journalists from Novaya Gazeta opposition newspaper put Putin's close friend at the top of an offshore empire worth more than US$2 billion that has made his circle fabulously wealthy.

He dismissed the reports, saying "there is a lack of details," while "all the rest is based on allegations and speculation."

Peskov also claimed that the investigative journalists who worked on the leaked Panama Papers from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism include "former officials from the (U.S.) Department of State, the CIA and other special services."

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