Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Panama Leak Sparks Global Investigations Tuesday April 5th, 2016 at 3:11 PM

Panama Leak Sparks Global Investigations

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A leak of confidential documents revealing shady financial dealings by the rich and powerful, including close associates of the Chinese, Syrian and Russian presidents, celebrities like Barcelona's star footballer Lionel Messi, Russian cellist Sergei Roldugin and many others, has sparked a global outcry. The scandal has prompted many countries to launch investigations into possible offshore money laundering by their own politicians, celebrities and companies. Zlatica Hoke has more.

Panama Papers leak not specifically directed against Russia – ICIJ head - RT

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Panama Papers leak not specifically directed against Russia – ICIJ head
RT
Russian President Vladimir Putin was not the target of the Panama Papers leak, according to the head of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, who has said the batch of more than 11.5 million files aimed to shed light on murky ...
Russia blames "Putinophobia" for massive offshore data leakCBS News
Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir PutinThe Guardian 
World reacts to the Panama papers data leakToronto Star

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Russian Prime Minister: Ukraine Has 'No Industry, or State'

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev denounced Ukraine as having "neither industry, nor a state," according to remarks published Monday on the Cabinet website.

With Archives Move, Putin Makes an Unforced Error

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Paul Goble

            Staunton, April 4 – Vladimir Putin has committed many crimes, but his political tactics at least from his own point of view have been brilliant, keeping his opponents off balance and ensuring that he will retain the support of the Russian population.  But now he has made what can only be described as an unforced error, one that is likely to come back to haunt him.

            Yesterday, the Kremlin leader announced that he was taking personal control of Russia’s Federal Archives Agency (Rosarkhiv), declaring that he is doing so because of the “special value” of documents contained there (interfax.ru/russia/501908).

            That Soviet and Russian politics has often been about controlling the past in the name of controlling the future is no news, and it is certainly the case that the chief current defender of that country’s security services and their checkered history should want to ensure that he has absolute control over documents that might be embarrassing or worse.

            But that was true of his predecessors as well, and none of them chose to take direct control of the archives, not only because they viewed this as a technical issue but also because they were confident that they had subordinates who would do their bidding in that regard.  By taking direct personal control, Putin has raised two serious questions:

            On the one hand and most immediately, are there things in the archives that are so threatening to him and his regime that he cannot risk having anyone else be in charge? And on the other and more ominously, is the circle of people on whom he can totally rely now narrowing to the point that he has no choice but to assume personal control?

            That such questions will now be asked is beyond question, and the answers, even if they are speculative or uninformed will harm Putin. Consequently, the Kremlin leader in this regard has done something even worse than a crime: he  has committed a serious political mistake – and it is certain to haunt him in the future.
           

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The Daily Vertical: Putin's Money (Transcript)

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The Daily Vertical: Putin’s Money 

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The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.
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Muscovites React to 'Panama Papers' Implicating Putin

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What do Muscovites think about the massive financial data breach called "The Panama Papers"? The leak implicates Russian President Vladimir Putin in a money sheltering scheme, but Current Time TV correspondent Vadim Kondakov had a hard time finding people who have heard the news.

Армия Сирии подтвердила потерю самолета Су-22 над Алеппо - ИА REGNUM

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Армия Сирии подтвердила потерю самолета Су-22 над Алеппо
ИА REGNUM
Дамаск, 5 Апреля 2016, 15:25 — REGNUM Вооруженые силы Сирии подтвердили, что самолет Су-22 правительственных сил был сбит в районе Алеппо, передает 5 апреля радио «Говорит Москва». Новости партнеров. Двойные стандарты: западные СМИ по-разному освещают теракты ...
Пилот сбитого Су-22 взят в плен боевиками «Джебхат-ан-Нусры»Росбалт.RU
В Сети появилось видео падения сирийского Су-22Взгляд
Сбитый террористами истребитель принадлежит сирийским ВВСВести.Ru
Московский комсомолец -РИА Новости -Утро.Ru -НТВ.ru
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A Cello Sonata For Offshore Companies

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The major investigative report called the Panama Papers claims to have exposed the fortunes held in offshore accounts by a number of high-profile Russian figures. One of the central players is Sergei Roldugin, a famous cellist and a close friend of President Vladimir Putin.

Russian claims on Syria airstrikes 'inaccurate on grand scale', says report

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Open source investigation by Atlantic Council of where bombs fell found most attacks to be outsideIsis-held territory
Russian claims to have mostly bombed Islamic State targets during its Syrian campaign were wildly out of step with reality, according to a report using aerial surveillance, crowdsourcing and other open source techniques.
The report says the almost six months of Russian airstrikes up until the 27 February ceasefirecaused only peripheral damage to Isis. 
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Russian Prosecutor General's Office to Investigate Panama Papers 

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The Russian Prosecutor General's Office will investigate data contained in the Panama Papers about Russians involved in offshore companies, press secretary Alexandr Kurennoi said Tuesday, the Interfax news agency reported.

Putin Says Russia To Create National Guard To Fight Terrorism, Organized Crime

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that Russia is creating a national guard to fight terrorism and organized crime.

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Russia's Sberbank, Rossiya Bank Respond to Panama Papers

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State-owned lender Sberbank has never conducted any questionable transactions, head of Russia's largest lender German Gref said Tuesday in response to the Panama Papers, the Interfax news agency reported.

СМИ сообщили о гибели в Сирии седьмого российского военнослужащего - Росбалт.RU

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СМИ сообщили о гибели в Сирии седьмого российского военнослужащего
Росбалт.RU
Российский офицер спецназа, уроженец Оренбургской области погиб на территории Сирии. Об этом сообщили два оренбургских портала Orenday.ru и RIA56. Со ссылкой на заявление родственников погибшего, тело мужчины доставлено в село Покровка Соль-Илецкого района ...
СМИ сообщили о гибели седьмого российского военного в СирииРБК
Журналисты узнали имя еще одного российского военного, погибшего на территории СирииNEWSru.com 
Седьмой российский военный погиб в СирииВести.Ru
ИА REGNUM-News Front - новости Новороссии, ЛНР, ДНР-Ведомости-Свободная Пресса

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Panama Papers Cite French Far Right Party

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Two members of France’s surging far-right National Front party with close ties to senior officials were named Tuesday in a growing “Panama Papers” scandal. France’s leading Le Monde newspaper reported businessman Frederic Chatillon, a longtime friend of National Front leader Marine Le Pen, and accountant Nicolas Crochet allegedly created a complex and “sophisticated offshore system” that transferred tens of thousands of dollars from France to accounts in Hong Kong, Singapore and the Virgin Islands. Both men are already under French investigation in connection with a separate case of alleged money laundering. The newspaper also named French banking giant Societe Generale as among the “top five creators of offshore businesses", an activity that reportedly slowed after 2012, but did not stop altogether. The activities of the National Front members and Societe Generale were linked to the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, which is tied to the massive and growing document leak. Nicknamed the “Panama Papers,” the more than 11 million documents have revealed financial arrangements of high-profile companies, politicians, athletes and other public figures linked to possible wrongdoing associated with using offshore entities. The documents were initially leaked to German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, which then shared them with more than 100 media outlets, including Le Monde. Implicating political leaders like Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson, close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin and relatives of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, among many others, the leaks have rocked the political and financial world. Besides the National Front and Societe Generale, a number of other French names have figured in the leaked documents, including former UEFA football chief Michel Platini, former leftist budget minister Jerome Cahuzac, who resigned in 2013 over allegations of tax fraud and money laundering, and an associate of the country’s former conservative president Nicolas Sarkozy. The allegations against the National Front are striking not only because the party remains a powerful and popular presence in French politics a year before presidential and parliamentary elections, but also because it has long denounced abuses by its rivals. “Clean hands and head held high,” former Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen used to say. Top National Front members swiftly denied allegations of wrongdoing by the party or its leadership. “It is all perfectly legal,” National Front Vice President Florian Philippot told French TV on Tuesday.  He added, “Mr. Chatillon has no responsibilities at the National Front.” Chatillon, who designed Marine Le Pen's 2012 campaign website, also denied wrongdoing on his Facebook page, adding “obviously the National Front has nothing to do ... with this private affair." The statements of clean dealing were echoed by Societe Generale, which said it conducts “a proactive policy with regard to the fight against fraud and tax avoidance.” Societe Generale made headlines at the height of the financial crisis when its former trader Jerome Kerviel was sentenced to jail for crimes related to the bank's trading loss of almost $6.5 billion.  Kerviel insisted his bosses knew what he was doing all along. The ex-trader lost no time in reacting to the Panama Papers leaks, wishing, in a tweet, a “nice week” for the bank.

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Людям необходимо знать, каково истинное лицо их лидеров 

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Duration: 03:36

Политики и эксперты продолжают комментировать скандал, вызванный публикацией так называемого «панамского досье»
Originally published at - http://www.golos-ameriki.ru/media/video/people-must-know-true-face-of-their-leaders/3270156.html

Путин: ФСКН и ФМС переходят к МВД, создается Национальная гвардия - РИА Новости

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Путин: ФСКН и ФМС переходят к МВД, создается Национальная гвардия
РИА Новости
МОСКВА, 5 апр — РИА Новости. Во вторник стало известно о существенном расширении сферы ответственности российского министерства внутренних дел. Президент РФ Владимир Путин сообщил, что сразу два ведомства — Федеральная служба по контролю за оборотом ...
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Нацгвардию РФ возглавил бывший охранник ПутинаРосбалт.RU
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Iceland PM Quits in Panama Papers Affair

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Iceland’s prime minister resigned Tuesday in a wave of massive protests following revelations about his questionable offshore investments. Earlier Tuesday, President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, who cut short his U.S. visit, refused Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson’s request to dissolve the government and parliament and call new elections, following the release of the so-called Panama Papers. Prime Minister Gunnlaugsson was under pressure to resign from thousands of protesters since documents showed he and his wife set up a company with the help of a Panamanian law firm at the center of a massive tax data leak. Gunnlaugsson has denied doing anything illegal, saying all taxes were paid. Gunnlaugsson is among 140 politicians and public officials around the world named in the Panama Papers that have raised questions about alleged financial misconduct. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), in cooperation with the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung and more than 100 other news organizations, said in a report Sunday that 11.5 million documents it obtained from a law firm in Panama show that the politicians and public officials, including 12 current and former world leaders, were involved in tax dodging. In addition to Iceland's prime minister, ICIJ said that documents from Panama's Mossack Fonseca law firm show dozens of transactions involving people or companies linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin from 1977 through 2015. Other high profile individuals include the prime ministers of Pakistan, the presidents of Ukraine and Argentina, and the king of Saudi Arabia. ICIJ also said that documents reveal that at least 33 people and companies blacklisted by the U.S. government because of evidence that they’d been involved in wrongdoing, such as doing business with Mexican drug lords, terrorist organizations like Hezbollah or rogue nations like North Korea and Iran, have had dealings with the Mossack Fonseca law firm. The group also claims the documents show that major banks are behind the creation of the hard-to-trace companies in so called offshore havens. More than 500 banks, their subsidiaries and branches have created more than 15,000 offshore companies for their customers through Mossack Fonseca, the group alleges.

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Американские медиа о Путине и Панамском скандале

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From: golosamerikius
Duration: 02:48

Фигурантами беспрецедентной утечки об офшорных компаниях, зарегистрированных в Панаме, стали многие десятки бывших и нынешних государственных лидеров. Один из них – президент России Владимир Путин. Что пишут в американских газетах?

Saudi Arabia passes Russia as world's third biggest military spender - Washington Post

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Saudi Arabia passes Russia as world's third biggest military spender
Washington Post
The United States remained far and away the top spender, which despite a dip from 2014, accounted for more than a third of total global spending. It was followed by China and then, perhaps surprisingly, Saudi Arabia, which supplanted Russia in third place.
Russia's EU neighbours boost arms spendingEUobserver
Russia's Military Budget Ranks Fourth Worldwide – ReportThe Moscow Times (registration)

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Watching the 'Panama Papers' News in Russia - The Atlantic

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Watching the 'Panama Papers' News in Russia
The Atlantic
Reporting by the International Committee of International Journalists (ICIJ) in Russia'snewspapers and online media that close associates of President Vladimir Putin hid money offshore appeared to be divided along political lines, with the clutch of ...
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Link - 10:21 AM 4/5/2016 - Russia Nuclear: Moscow Rebuilds Its Nuclear Arsenal | Kill it, spin it – Putin will do anything to stifle the Panama Papers story 

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На встрече с председателем Сената Франции Жераром Ларше.

The Panama Papers

News Topic: The Panama Papers - from 4.4.16

The Panama Papers - 4.5.16

Kill it, spin it – Putin will do anything to stifle the Panama Papers story | Natalie Nougayrède | News | The Guardian

Panama Papers | The Guardian

Panama Papers probes opened, China limits access to news on leaks | Reuters
The Daily Vertical: Follow The Money (Transcript)
The Morning Vertical, April 4, 2016
The Daily Vertical: Putin's Money (Transcript)
The Daily Vertical: Putin's Money
Enveloped By The Panama Papers
India Orders Multi-agency Investigation of Panama Papers Allegations
Massive 'Panama Papers' Leak Reveals World Leaders' Offshore Accounts - NBC News
Panama Papers: Law firm linked to blacklisted firms, individuals
The Panama Papers: 7 things to know - CNN.com
Muscovites React to 'Panama Papers' Implicating Putin
Panama Papers: Biggest Banks Are Top Users of Offshore Services - WSJ
Ъ - «Прошу разъяснить причины столь краткого и неполного информирования граждан»
ТАСС: Международная панорама - Глава ICIJ: публикация "Панамских документов" по офшорам не была направлена против России
ТАСС: Политика - Генпрокуратура проверит данные СМИ о россиянах, якобы имеющих компании и счета в офшорах

The Panama Papers - 4.4.16

Prosecutors open probes as world's wealthy deny 'Panama Papers' links | Reuters
Panama Papers: Giant Leak Reveals World Leaders' Offshore Accounts - NBC News
World Leaders Implicated As Data Leak Reveals Hidden Wealth, Corruption
The Political Fallout From the Panama Papers - The Atlantic
Russia dismisses Panama Papers' findings - YouTube
The Daily Vertical: Follow The Money - YouTube
NEWS: The World and Global Security Review: The Panama Papers
NEWS: The World and Global Security Review: Panama Leaked Files Spark Angry Reaction in Moscow - WSJ
“Путинская клептократия”
BBC World Service - Newshour, Panama Papers
International Edition 2330 EDT - VOA News
Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca leak reveals elite's tax havens - BBC News - YouTube
'A Lot Of People Losing A Lot Of Sleep': The Impact Of The Panama Papers
The Panama Papers · ICIJ
All Putin’s Men: Secret Records Reveal Money Network Tied to Russian Leader · ICIJ
Panama papers - YouTube
Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin | News | The Guardian
Panama Papers: Massive leak shows how rich hide wealth, MSM focus on Putin - YouTube
How to hide a billion dollars | The Panama Papers - YouTube
International Edition 1805 EDT - VOA News
Panama Law Firm’s Leaked Files Detail Offshore Accounts Tied to World Leaders - The New York Times
Panama Leaked Files Spark Angry Reaction in Moscow - WSJ
Panama Leaked Files Spark Angry Reaction in Moscow - Google Search
The Panama Papers are super awkward for Beijing - The Washington Post
Встреча с руководителем Федерального архивного агентства Андреем Артизовым • Президент России
NEWS: The World and Global Security Review: » Panama Papers: biggest leak in history published by German newspaper - YouTube 04/04/16 13:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
The Panama Papers show how corruption really works in Russia - Vox
World figures deny wrongdoing as 'Panama Papers' reveal offshore wealth | Reuters
Panama Papers
Kremlin dismisses revelations in Panama Papers as 'Putinphobia' | News | The Guardian
Governments Vow to Find Tax Evaders Hiding Offshore Assets
The Latest: US reviews offshore leaks for possible crimes - The Washington Post
Explainer: Why #PanamaPapers is just the tip of the iceberg
'Look, There's Jackie Chan': Russian Media Responds to Panama Allegations | News | The Moscow Times
Kremlin Says Offshore Investigation Seeks to 'Destabilize' Russia | News | The Moscow Times
'Nonsense' – Russian Banking Boss Blasts Putin Offshore Accusations | News | The Moscow Times
Panama lawyers at center of offshore scandal make odd couple - The Washington Post
Panama papers: Mossack Fonseca 'helped firms subject to sanctions' - BBC News
The Panama Papers Could Lead to Capitalism’s Great Crisis | TIME
What Is an Offshore Company?
Report: Offshore Leak Reveals Aliyev Family Stake In Azerbaijani Gold Mines

4.5.16 Tu

Hawaiian sacrifice, from Jacques Arago’s account of French navigator Louis de Freycinet’s travels around the world from 1817 to 1820. (Jacques Arago)

The ‘darker link’ between ancient human sacrifice and our modern world - The Washington Post

Russia Nuclear: Moscow Rebuilds Its Nuclear Arsenal

Russia's Military Budget Ranks Fourth Worldwide – Report | Business | The Moscow Times
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Backstage With The Beatles at Show Re-staging Abbey Road Recordings 

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From the busy, brassy "All You Need is Love" to the softer "Yesterday," a new show takes audiences back in time to when The Beatles recorded their famous hits at London's Abbey Road Studios. "The Sessions - A Live Re-staging of The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios" features renditions of songs the Fab Four recorded in Studio 2, with songs from their debut album "Please Please Me" to 1969's "Abbey Road" performed as they were...