Monday, April 4, 2016

Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin | News | The Guardian by Mike Nova (noreply@blogger.com) Monday April 4th, 2016 at 10:26 PM RUSSIA And THE WEST - РОССИЯ И ЗАПАД

Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin | News | The Guardian 

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Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin | News | The Guardian

Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin | News | The Guardian

How to hide a billion dollars | The Panama Papers – YouTube

8:20 PM 4/4/2016: Obama Says NATO Alliance Remains Key to Collective Security – ABC News | The Panama Papers: Prosecutors open probes as world’s wealthy deny ‘Panama Papers’ links | Reuters | » World Leaders Implicated As Data Leak Reveals Hidden Wealth, Corruption 04/04/16 19:16 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks 

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8:20 PM 4/4/2016: Obama Says NATO Alliance Remains Key to Collective Security – ABC News | The Panama Papers: Prosecutors open probes as world’s wealthy deny ‘Panama Papers’ links | Reuters | » World Leaders Implicated As Data Leak Reveals Hidden Wealth, Corruption 04/04/16 19:16 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks

World Leaders Implicated As Data Leak Reveals Hidden Wealth, Corruption

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A huge leak of data from a law firm in the tax haven of Panama has revealed details of how the world’s wealthiest people hide their fortunes. The allegations touch virtually every corner of the globe – and include several world leaders. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

В сеть попали личные данные Эрдогана и еще миллионов граждан Турции - РИА Новости

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В сеть попали личные данные Эрдогана и еще миллионов граждан Турции
РИА Новости
Персональные данные почти 50 миллионов граждан Турции появились в открытом доступе. За этой акцией стоят неизвестные хакеры, которые потребовали "сделать что-нибудь с Эрдоганом". Мужчина за ноутбуком. Архивное фото. © Fotolia/ Leo Lintang. МОСКВА, 4 апр — РИА ...
Хакеры распространили базу данных, якобы содержащую личную информацию 50 млн турокТАСС
В Интернет "утекла" база данных граждан ТурцииВести.Ru
СМИ: В интернет просочились личные данные Эрдогана и еще 50 млн граждан ТурцииВзгляд
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More Fatalities in Fighting Over Nagorno-Karabakh

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Azerbaijan says three of its soldiers were killed as fighting raged for a third day over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, with Armenia warning the situation could escalate into a full-scale war.   The Associated Press cites Azerbaijani Defense Ministry spokesman Vagif Dargyakhly as saying rebels were shelling Azerbaijani military positions and front-line villages, despite the government's announcement Sunday of a unilateral cease-fire. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan accused Azerbaijan of continuing "offensive, provocative acts" which he says are targeting civilian areas. "Since the so-called 'unilateral truce' was announced, Azerbaijan's artillery has continued working in the direction of the populated areas of Karabakh," Sargsyan was quoted saying at a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He warned that his country could formalize its ties with Nagorno-Karabakh by officially recognizing its independence if the fighting escalates. The unilateral cease-fire was declared a day after clashes between the two sides left 30 soldiers dead.   The outbreak of violence is the worst in Nagorno-Karabakh since 1994, when Armenia and Azerbaijan ended a war over the territory that is part of Azerbaijan but has been under the control of Armenian forces. The two sides are separated by a demilitarized buffer zone, but each side accuses the other of numerous violations.

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Obama, NATO Chief Discuss Alliance's Role In Fight Against IS

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U.S. President Barack Obama says NATO continues to be the cornerstone of U.S. security policy and a critical ally in the fight against terrorism.
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Putin and the Panama Papers: Russians React Online

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With a Kremlin spokesman promptly dismissing allegations of Russian President Vladimir Putin's involvement in large-scale money laundering, Russian state media offered little, if any, coverage of the massive journalistic report that has dominated headlines worldwide. Yet online, Russian opposition voices attempted to grapple with just what impact the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) investigation might have on the Russian political scene. Leonid Volkov, an opposition blogger, took on state media journalists for their notable silence in the wake of the ICIJ report. "The investigation has shown the complete absence of shame, conscience, and common sense among 95 percent of Russian journalists," noted Volkov in a post to his Twitter account. Others commented that the ICIJ report — while remarkable — had simply scratched the surface of corrupt dealings. "It's important to understand: this investigation is based on just one Panamanian firm," wrote Russian opposition politician and anti-corruption crusader Alexey Navalny in a post to his blog. "So it's just the tip of the iceberg of offshore holdings by bureaucrats, and just a small piece," wrote Navalny, calling for Russians implicated in the investigation to face possible jail time. Thefts matter Elena Panfilova, the head of the anti-corruption organization Transparency International, said the Panama Papers reminded her of a favorite phrase of her grandmother's growing up in Russia. "In the end," wrote Panfilova on her Facebook account, "the truth always comes out." Vladimir Varfolomeev, a journalist with popular Echo of Moscow radio station, sought to remind Russians inured to corruption among the Russian elite that the findings were, indeed, significant. "You say that millions and billions don't make an impression?" asked Varfolomeev. "It seems to me that it's important to remember one simple thing: Presidents or ministers who steal even a few thousand are still criminals." Jokes, too, centered on the alleged role of Sergey Roldugin, a cellist and childhood friend of Putin's, implicated in the offshore schemes. A widely shared video by Current Time TV, an online news service promoting democratic values, combined a taped solo performance of Roldugin playing the cello with a speech by the Russian leader proclaiming an end to offshore holdings. Political ramifications? But Dmitry Gudkov, a rare voice of opposition in the state Duma, insisted that — in exposing Russian elites' shady financial practices — the report had elicited, in his words, "panic in the Kremlin." "After this, it's clear that no quiet old age awaits the kleptocracy: their money will be seized, and with it, a widening ring that ends in handcuffs overseas," Gudkov wrote online. Yet it was Volkov, the blogger, who suggested the ICIJ report might prove an ominous development for Russia's own internal politics. Writing on Facebook, he noted that while the elite in other countries indicated in the Panama Paper report might face prosecutions, scandals, or perhaps even no charges at all, experience told him the news would ricochet in Russia in negative ways: The Kremlin, Volkov wrote, will "launch several criminal cases against the opposition and ban something on the Internet."

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The Daily Vertical: Follow The Money 

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Ethnic Conflict Between Armenia and Azerbaijan Flares Anew

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A new round of fighting in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region has killed at least 44 people.









OCCRP: "Друзьям Путина" принадлежат счета в офшорах более чем на $2 млрд - YouTube

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Published on Apr 4, 2016
Коротко о том, какие деньги, предположительно связанные с Путиным, нашли журналисты OCCRP – графика Настоящего Времени
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The Daily Vertical: Follow The Money - YouTube

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Путинская панама 

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“Путинская клептократия”. Гость АЧ - исследователь российской коррупции Карен Давиша - 04 апреля, 2016

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‘Panama Papers’ Leaks Put Iceland Leader Under Pressure to Quit 

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Calls for the resignation of the prime minister were among the first repercussions of the leaks on secret tax shelters and offshore shell companies.









Obama: US, NATO United in IS Militant Group Fight

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Two weeks after the terrorist attacks in Brussels, U.S. President Barack Obama and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg marked the tragedy while reinforcing the importance of staying focused on the fight against the so-called Islamic State militant group.

De Waal: Kremlin 'Not Primary Actor' Behind Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict 

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Noted Western expert on the Caucasus Thomas de Waal says tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh make the dispute one of the most menacing unresolved conflicts from the Soviet collapse, but he rejects the idea that Moscow is behind recent fighting.

Doping, Cameron, And 'Putinophobia': Russian Media React To Panama Papers 

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Russian TV stations have shrugged off the so-called Panama Papers, which appear to implicate President Vladimir Putin's circle and other world leaders in offshore scams.

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Could There Be a Terrorist Fukushima?

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The attacks in Brussels last month were a stark reminder of the terrorists’ resolve, and of our continued vulnerabilities, including in an area of paramount concern: nuclear security.
The attackers struck an airport and the subway, but some Belgian investigators believe they seemed to have fallen back on those targets because they felt the authorities closing in on them, and that their original plan may have been to strike a nuclear plant. A few months ago, during a raid in the apartment of a suspect linked to the November attacks in Paris, investigators found surveillance footage of a senior Belgian nuclear official. Belgian police are said to have connected two of the Brussels terrorists to that footage.

“Путинская клептократия”

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Александр Генис: Сегодня в гостях АЧ - американская исследовательница Карен Давиша. Профессор политологии университета Майами и директор Института российских и постсоветских исследований имени Хавигхурста. В 2014 году она выпустила массивный труд под названием «Путинская клептократия». В нем впервые на Западе под одной обложкой были собраны и обобщены сведения о том, какую роль сыграли коррупция и связи Путина с организованной преступностью в его взлете к вершинам власти. Первоначально книгу собиралось издавать престижное английское издательство Cambridge University Press, но картина, нарисованная Давиша, показалась руководству издательства настолько взрывоопасной и риск судебного иска со стороны Кремля столь серьезным, что оно расторгло контракт с автором, уступив права на публикацию не менее известному американскому издательству “Simon and Shuster”.
“АЧ” уже интерьвюировал автора этой книги в двух наших передачах.
Сегодня мы расспросим профессора Давиша о том, как сложилась с тех пор судьба книги, да и судьба явления, которое она разбирает в ней. С Карен Давиша беседует Евгений Аронов.
Евгений Аронов:  Сформулируйте, пожалуйста, для тех, наших слушателей, которые не знакомы с вашей книгой, ее основной тезис.
Карен Давиша: Тезис, который я доказываю, заключается в том, что Путин и его окружение никогда не думали укреплять демократию в России, так что не стоит удивляться тому, что этого при их режиме и не произошло. Целью путинской команды с самого начала - и это важно подчеркнуть! - было возвращение России к авторитаризму, который, с одной стороны, был призван вернуть стране былое величие, а с другой — позволить ее новым правителям сохранить и умножить свои несметные богатства. В этом, вкратце, состоит главная мысль книги.
Евгений Аронов:  Что вас вывело на эту тему изначально?
Карен Давиша:  Первоначально я ставила перед собой совершенно иную задачу. Меня глубоко потрясли украденные режимом парламентские и президентские выборы 2011 - 2012 годов, и как политолог, интересующийся избирательными системами, я спросила себя: «Что же это такое? Почему голосование в демократической стране вместо того, чтобы становится все более честным, как предсказывает теория, наоборот, становится все более нечестным? В какой именно момент путинская команда отошла от демократического курса?».
Я проделала большую работу с данными, которая убедила меня, что фальсифицированы были выборы не только 2011-12 годов, но и предыдущие, в 2007 и 2008, в 2003 и 2004 годах. И даже выборы самого первого цикла 1999 — 2000 года. Изучив деятельность Путина в 1990-ые, я пришла к выводу, что исходно имел место проект захвата власти и национальных богатств представителями спецслужб при поддержке деятелей организованной преступности. Если что и изменилось с момента воцарения в Кремле путинской команды, так это то, что коррупция стала лишь еще более масштабной.
Евгений Аронов:  А что насчет связей с организованной преступностью, что произошло на этом поле за истекшие шестнадцать лет? Их значение уменьшилось или нет?
Карен Давиша: Люди из частных охранных предприятий или так называемые «спортсмены», на которых путинцы опирались в 1990-ые как на гарантов исполнения всяческих теневых сделок, они остались. Некоторые из них шагнули в публичную политику, например, Виктор Золотов. Когда Путин стал премьером, а затем и президентом, то перетащил с собой в Москву, в свою администрацию, ряд сомнительных личностей, которых он в свое время прикрыл от уголовного преследования. Это, скажем, Алексей Миллер, который не имел никакого отношения к газовой промышленности, но был причастен в середине «бандитских» 1990-ых к аферам с приватизацией петербургских портовых сооружений. То же касается Сечина. Ну, и конечно, «Тамбовская» мафия никуда не делась. Было бы неверно утверждать, что мафия проникла в систему власти или что Путин сам мафиози. Но «тамбовцы», особенно те, что перебрались в Испанию, по-прежнему оказывают режиму важные услуги, связанные, среди прочего, с отмыванием денег.
Евгений Аронов:  Коррупция в России при Путине повсеместная, это общепризнано. Справедливо ли утверждение, что коррупция в России более “основопологающая”, если можно так выразиться, чем в других странах?
Карен Давиша: Я занималась сравнительным анализом коррупции и могу сказать, что ответ на этот вопрос не так прост. В Нигерии, например, такая же сырьевая экономика, как и в России, и значения индекса коррупции в обеих странах примерно одинаковые. Однако по всем показателям социального развития, прежде всего, образования, Нигерия намного уступает России. Чем ниже социальное развитие, тем слабее гражданское общество; в такой ситуации коррупция легко подменяет собой общественные институты. А вот в России коррупция никогда бы не достигла такого же размаха, как в Нигерии, без суровых репрессий в отношении гражданского общества. В этом разница: в Нигерии коррупция есть органический феномен, а в России коррупция — результат подавления гражданского общества, недостаточно развитого, чтобы ей противостоять. Подобное положение оказывает деморализующее воздействие на большую часть образованных людей в России, которые вынуждены признать горькую истину: нормальную жизнь они и их дети могу обрести, только покинув страну.
Евгений Аронов:  Изменилось ли отношение на Западе к путинской коррупции за минувшие два года? И если да, то можно ли сказать, что если бы ваша книга выходила сегодня, то ведущее британское издательство не побоялось бы ее публиковать? БиБиСи ведь не испугалось показывать фильм о коррумпированности путинского режима, прекрасно понимая, насколько не понравится Кремлю выход такой ленты в Англии, считавшейся хранилищем средств российских клептократов.
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Обложка книги "Путинская клептократия"
Карен Давиша: Вот вам любопытный факт: если “погуглить” количество упоминаний слова «клептократия» до 2014 года, то их было около десяти тысяч. Я только что, пока мы разговаривали, проверила это снова, и на сегодня число упоминаний увеличилось до четырехсот семидесяти шести тысяч. Это согласуется с моими собственными наблюдениями: на Западе стало гораздо больше тех, кто воспринимает российский правящий класс как глубоко клептократический.
Среди просвещенных россиян осознание этого факта наступило гораздо раньше — и я многое почерпнула из той информации, которая была собрана в России. Моя книга, полагаю, сыграла определенную роль в прояснении сознания людей на Западе, но важное место в этом также принадлежит экономическим санкциям, которые были введены в ответ на аннексию Крыма. Стоит отметить также и просветительское значение недавнего фильма БиБиСи о коррумпированности самого Путина, о котором вы упомянули. Этот фильм оказал давление на британское правительство и британские банки, которые до последнего времени закрывали глаза на сомнительное происхождение депозитов своих российских клиентов. В целом растет число россиян, которые, желая сохранить свои капиталы, идут на сотрудничество с властями западных стран и раскрывают известные им финансовые тайны людей из ближайшего окружения Путина. И это - свидетельство того, что экономические санкции, введенные против России два года назад с целью расколоть ее правящую элиту, приносят свои плоды.
Что касается моей книги, то она, хоть и академическая, расходится очень хорошо, и это при том, что доступна она пока только на английском, так как Simon and Shuster отказываются продавать права на ее перевод на немецкий, французский, украинский или на языки республик Балтии. Не говоря уже об издателе на Украине, который хотели бы выпустить ее на русском. Впрочем, благодаря «Амазону» ее можно купить в Европе; в Германии она стоит на первом месте среди книг о России. Книга доступна также в электронной форме. И размещена на двадцати пиратских сайтах в Российской Федерации.
Почему Simon and Shuster не хотят продавать права на перевод? Потому, что опасаются, что это будет расценено как прямое поощрение издания книги в тех странах, в которых законодательство не защищает свободу слова и не ограждает издателей от судебных исков по обвинению в клевете в той же степени, что в Соединенных Штатах.
Евгений Аронов:  Что происходит с индексом коррупции в России в последнее время?
Карен Давиша: Коррупция в России не уменьшается. Дело в том, что при Путине все командные высоты в экономике были национализированы. И над ними поставлены менеджеры из лиц, приближенных к президенту - Миллер, Сечин и им подобные. Теперь ввиду экономического кризиса и трудностей с бюджетом некоторые из стратегических предприятий решено продать частным владельцам. Не по их реальной цене, а по заниженной, поскольку в новые владельцы определены такие люди, как Ротенберг и Шамалов, опять-таки, друзья и родственники президента.
В сущности, происходит новый цикл передела собственности в стране, в которой настоящие права собственности практически отсутствуют. Их функцию выполняет личная преданность первому лицу: пока она сохраняется, сохраняется и собственность, но какое это имеет отношение к имущественным правам, охраняемым законодательством и судами? Дерипаска и Якунин клянутся, что если родина прикажет, она вернут свои активы. Но на деле ничего не возвращается, и объемы утечки капитала достигли небывалого размаха.
Евгений Аронов:   Что можно сделать, чтобы уровень коррупции в России понизился?
Карен Давиша: Если говорить о рецептах от коррупции, то ни рядовые граждане, ни политологи не знают толком, как вырвать государство из лап захвативших его коррупционеров. Мы знаем, что такие государства часто развязывают войны, которые иногда проигрывают с катастрофическими для себя последствиями. Порой коррумпированные режимы свергают народные массы. Лично Путин может стать жертвой дворцового переворота, но переворот — это не рецепт от коррупции, а просто замена одних коррупционеров другими. Еще Карамзин, помнится, говoрил, что в России всегда воруют, но я верю в институты и законы как средства борьбы с пороками человеческой натуры, в том числе, с коррупцией, и очень сожалею, что периоды активного употребления этих средств в истории России были слишком короткими.
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Two big stories about Russian corruption have broken in the past week. A leak of papers from a Panamanian law firm appears to show perhaps $2 billion, presumably owned by President Vladimir Putin, stashed away in offshore companies under the name of ...
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Two big stories about Russian corruption have broken in the past week. A leak of papers from a Panamanian law firm appears to show perhaps $2 billion, presumably owned by President Vladimir Putin, stashed away in offshore companies under the name of a close friend and the godfather of his oldest daughter, the cellist Sergei Roldugin. Meanwhile, the brave Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project hit on a story about the women in Putin's life being given posh apartments.
Together, these stories tell us something important about how corruption works in Russia. Whereas in many countries corruption is the means by which elites turn their power into money, in Russia it is the other way around — corruption is a way to get and keep the political power that is so much more important than mere wealth.
Even before these stories broke, the Kremlin spin machine was briefing against what it was calling an"information attack" in a global media war. But corruption in Russia is, sadly, hardly news, which goes to show why these stories speak to something much more significant than, say, tax avoidance.
It is too easy simply to see Russia as a kleptocracy or, more misleading yet, a "mafia state." Yes, corruption is endemic to the system, not a byproduct but a central feature of Putin's methodology of power. But this doesn't fully explain why there is such corruption in Russia today.
Assuming those $2 billion are Putin's, how did he get them? Did people hand him suitcases of cash? Highly unlikely. Rather, he takes or is given stakes in assets, rights to shares in profits. This is not so much for the money itself — anything he could want, he can get the state or the oligarchs to buy, from a palace on the Black Sea to a $35 million yacht — but rather for the political power they give him.
The real currency in Russia is not money but power — and the latter can buy the former, but not necessarily the other way around. You can be rich today, but the state can impoverish you tomorrow. Conversely, if you have power, you can always get money, as we are likely seeing with the Panama Papers, or else simply don't even need it.
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Secret files reveal complex multimillion dollar offshore financial deals that channel wealth and power towards a network of people and companies closely allied to the Russian President.

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By Jake Bernstein, Petra Blum, Oliver Zihlmann, David Thompson, Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer
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In this story
  • According to analysis, as much as $2 billion has been secretly shuffled through banks and shadow companies linked to Putin’s associates
  • Bank Rossiya, identified by the U.S. as Putin’s personal cashbox, has been instrumental in building a network of offshore companies
  • Dozens of loans, some worth hundreds of millions of dollars, sold between offshore companies for as little as $1 or less
Vladimir Putin and Sergey Roldugin forged a bond as young men. Fast friends, almost like brothers, they cruised the streets of Leningrad, singing and, in Putin’s case, occasionally getting into fistfights.
As Putin rose to power as Russia’s supreme leader and Roldugin made a name for himself as a classical cellist and conductor, the two remained close. Roldugin has performed for Putin and high-profile guests at the president’s official residence and has given media interviews that softened Putin’s fearsome image.
Now a leak of secret documents reveals another, hidden side of their friendship.
The records show Roldugin is a behind-the-scenes player in a clandestine network operated by Putin associates that has shuffled at least $2 billion through banks and offshore companies, an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung and other media partners has found.
In the documents, Roldugin is listed as the owner of offshore companies that have obtained payments from other companies worth tens of millions of dollars. A company linked to the cellist also grabbed secret influence over Russia’s largest truck maker, another snagged a big slice of Russia’s TV advertising industry.
It’s possible Roldugin, who has publicly claimed not to be a businessman, is not the true beneficiary of these riches. Instead, the evidence in the files suggests Roldugin is acting as a front man for a network of Putin loyalists – and perhaps for Putin himself.
Roldugin did not respond to detailed questions. Reporters from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, an ICIJ partner, met briefly with the musician after a concert in Moscow last week. Roldugin told them he needed more time to review the questions and determine what he could say.
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Ivan Rebroff, born as Hans-Rolf Rippert, (31 July 1931 - 27 February 2008), was a German singer, allegedly of Russian ancestry, with an extraordinary vocal range of four and a half octaves, ranging from the soprano to impressive bass registers.

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Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in Tsarist Russia in 1905. It is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Milkman) and other tales by Sholem Aleichem.
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Details are emerging from a giant leak of confidential documents: the so-called Panama Papers.

Eleven million records expose the offshore holdings of some 140 politicians from more than fifty countries.

The information in the leak covers associates of the Russian president, current and former leaders including prime ministers of Iceland and Pakistan, the president of Ukraine, and the king of Saudi Arabia.

Professional athletes, FIFA officials, fraudsters and drug smugglers have all had their…
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Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca leak reveals elite's tax havens. A leak of eleven million confidential documents from a Panamanian law firm has revealed the extent to which the world's rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth. The documents, to which the BBC has had access, show how a law firm helped clients launder money, dodge sanctions, and evade tax. Among the papers are suspicious deals involving a close friend of Russian President, Vladimir Putin. The firm, called Mossack Fonseca, says it has operated beyond reproach for 40 years and have never been accused or charged with criminal wrong-doing. Richard Bilton reports.

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Individuals who have set up offshore entities through the Panama law firm. Some of the Indians floated offshore entities at a time when laws did not allow them to do so; some have taken a technically convenient view that companies acquired is not the same as companies incorporated; some have bunched their annual quota of remittances to subscribe to shares in an offshore entity acquired at an earlier date. Still, some others have received income earned abroad and deposited it in the entity to avoid tax. Some have opened a bank account to keep payoffs in government contracts, or held “proceeds of crime” or property bought with money made illegally in Trusts/ Foundations. - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/indi...

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The Panama Papers, a massive report that claims to document shady business dealings by a who’s who of the global elite, landed in China on a national holiday, presenting the authorities with an interesting, probably vexing, question: How to scrub the web of the juicy-but-as-yet-unconfirmed disclosures about politically connected Chinese?
The findings -- the result of a year-long collaboration between a German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and more than 100 media outlets -- sets out to expose “a cast of characters who use offshore companies to facilitate bribery, arms deals, tax evasion and drug trafficking."
That includes, by ICIJ’s count, dirt on 140 political figures, including 12 current or former heads of state. It also names the family members of eight current or former members of China’s politburo, according to the Guardian’s tally.
One of the people mentioned in the report is Deng Jiagui, the brother-in-law of China’s current president, Xi Jinping. Another is Li Xiaolin, the tycoon daughter of China’s former premier, Li Peng.  It lists Hong Kong as a source of key “active intermediaries” in the secretive work.
Reporting on the 11.5 million tax documents -- some of them leaked -- is being published in batches. And a full account may be days or weeks away. The Washington Post has not seen all of the source material and cannot independently verify what the documents are said to reveal.
The initial reporting hints that a number of Chinese nationals with high-level government ties have dealt with Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm at the center of the leak. Mossack Fonesca has denied all accusations of illegal activity. The Post has not seen evidence of illegal activity by the Chinese nationals named.
Although there are legal uses for shell companies, the charges are sure to rile Beijing.
China’s ruling Communist Party does not like to discuss the wealth of its leaders, or their families, especially as it wages an aggressive, if selective, anti-corruption campaign.
In 2012, investigations by the New York Times and Bloomberg News revealed the wealth and business dealings of family members of both Xi and former Premier Wen Jiabao.  The reports were blocked in China and resulted in both companies being denied some journalist visas for several years.
In 2014, a report jointly published by the ICIJ and the Center for Public Integrity found 22,000 alleged tax haven clients from Hong Kong and China. That investigation found offshore accounts linked to more than a dozen of China’s richest people, including members of the National People’s Congress and executives from state-owned firms caught up in corruption probes.
The 2014 report made specific mention of relatives of Wen and Xi. Two red letter names mentioned in the Panama Papers — Xi’s brother-in-law Deng, and former Premier Li Peng’s daughter, Li Xiaolin — were named in their findings as well.
Asked about the story at a Foreign Ministry press conference that year, a Chinese government spokesperson called the investigation “hardly convincing."  The report was subsequently blocked. The Chinese press did not play up the story.
With most of China enjoying a long weekend, the latest report did not immediately make waves online.
On FreeWeibo, a website that tracks search terms and posts that are blocked or deleted, most of the material scrubbed on Monday morning was about a dystopian Hong Kong film, Ten Years, not the Panama Papers.
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Tax haven papers leaked; Greece starts deporting migrants to Turkey; Kim Philby tape found. Photograph shows the Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson. An investigation by more than 100 media groups revealed the hidden offshore assets of around 140 political figures, among them Gunnlaugsson. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

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Tax haven papers leaked; Greece starts deporting migrants to Turkey; Kim Philby tape found. Photograph shows the Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson. An investigation by more than 100 media groups revealed the hidden offshore assets of around 140 political figures, among them Gunnlaugsson. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)



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Panama Law Firm’s Leaked Files Detail Offshore Accounts Tied to World Leaders - The New York Times

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WASHINGTON — A group of news media outlets published articles on Sunday based on what they said were 11.5 million leaked documents from a Panama law firm that helped some of the world’s wealthiest people — including politicians, athletes and business moguls — establish offshore bankaccounts.
The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung said its reporters had obtained the documents from a confidential source. The newspaper then shared the files with other media organizations, like The Guardian and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
In an article, the investigative journalism organization said the documents revealed the offshore accounts of 140 politicians and public officials, including a dozen current and former world leaders and several individuals with close ties to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. The organization said reporters at 100 news media outlets working in 25 languages had used the documents to investigate the law firm, Mossack Fonseca, and its clients, including political figures in countries like Iceland, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
It is not illegal in many cases to have offshore bank accounts. But they are used in some instances by wealthy individuals and criminals to hide money and business transactions, and to avoid paying taxes.
The leak followed a series of high-profile breaches in recent years in which individuals working for governments or companies have amassed internal files and then given them to media organizations. In 2014, Edward J. Snowden, a contractor for the National Security Agency, gave reporters what intelligence officials have estimated was at least 1.5 million documents from the agency. Hundreds of articles have been published based on those documents.
The media organizations looking into Mossack Fonseca are expected to publish many more articles based on the new documents in the coming days.
The firm, which has dozens of offices around the world, has been investigated by law enforcement authorities in several countries over accusations of connections to money laundering.
In a lengthy statement provided to The Guardian, the firm said it could not respond to specific questions, but insisted that many of the individuals and companies named in the documents were never clients of Mossack Fonseca. The firm added that in many cases it was “legal and common for companies to establish commercial entities in different jurisdictions for a variety of legitimate reasons.”
“Our services are regulated on multiple levels, often by overlapping agencies, and we have a strong compliance record,” the firm said.
“In addition, we have always complied with international protocols” to assure “that the companies we incorporate are not being used for tax evasion, money laundering, terrorist finance or other illicit purposes,” it added.
According to the news reports, the documents related to Russia identified several officials with close ties to Mr. Putin, including two of his oldest friends, Sergei Roldugin, a cellist, and Yuri V. Kovalchuk, the principal shareholder of Bank Rossiya, a financial institution that has come under sanctions by the United States as the “cashier” of officials in the Kremlin.
The reports said Mr. Putin’s friends and associates had channeled $2 billion through a complex, deliberately convoluted network of offshore companies. Mr. Putin’s name appears on none of the records for the companies or the transactions, but Bank Rossiya and Mr. Roldugin do.
Mr. Roldugin acknowledged in an interview with The New York Times that he owned a share of Bank Rossiya, which he acquired in the 1990s, but offered few details about an investment that made him, on paper at least, a very rich man.
“I’ve got an apartment, a car and a dacha,” he said. “I don’t have millions.”
According to the disclosures, Mr. Roldugin holds similar shares of other companies, including an advertising firm founded by another close associate of Mr. Putin’s, Mikhail Y. Lesin, who was found dead in a hotel in Washington last fall.
Last week, the Kremlin’s spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, preemptively denounced the articles published on Sunday. He warned that the consortium had prepared an “information attack” against Mr. Putin and his associates, and described the articles as “an undisguised paid-for hack job.”
The revelations also touched Ukraine’s president, Petro O. Poroshenko, who was elected in the aftermath of the political upheaval in the country in 2014 that led to the annexation of Crimea and open conflict with Russia in eastern Ukraine.
Mr. Poroshenko, a tycoon with assets in television and a chocolatier before his entrance into politics, pledged to divest himself of his holdings but instead moved the assets into an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands, according to the consortium’s reporting. It said that Mr. Poroshenko, who has received political support from the United States, had not disclosed the arrangement.
The documents also contained information about how some foreign leaders used foundations and companies in Panama to anonymously own mining companies and real estate, according to the consortium.
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MOSCOW—News reports based on leaked documents that detailed alleged offshore accounts belonging to dozens of prominent people, including a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, sparked outrage from the Kremlin on Monday.
The reports, published late Sunday, are based on millions of documents that news outlets said were leaked from a Panama law firm that set up offshore bank accounts for dozens of global leaders, businessmen and celebrities.
They placed Mr. Putin’s childhood friend Sergei Roldugin and a high-profile Russian bank at the center of a web of complex transactions amounting to at least $2 billion that involved other close associates of Mr. Putin and Russian businessmen.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the reports didn't implicate the Russian president himself, and dismissed the allegations as “the usual conjecture, insinuation, speculation, which do not demand a reaction.”
“It is clear that the degree of ’Putinophobia’ has reached such a level that it is impossible a priori to speak well of Russia,” Mr. Peskov said in comments carried by state news agencies.
Mr. Peskov had said last week that Western news outlets were planning an “information attack” on Mr. Putin aimed at destabilizing Russia.
Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung said it had received the documents relating to the law firm Mossack Fonseca from an unnamed source and shared them with more than 100 other news organizations,including the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.
The ICIJ said the files contain information on offshore accounts holdings of 140 politicians and public officials from around the world, including in Iceland and Ukraine.
In a statement published on the website of the Guardian, one of the papers that ran reports, Mossack Fonseca denied any wrongdoing, saying it “has operated beyond reproach in our home country and in other jurisdictions where we have operations.”
Articles based on the documents shone a spotlight on several people close to Mr. Putin, indicating they took part in transactions involving offshore companies, including loans and share deals, over several years.
The reports said that the leaked documents placed Mr. Roldugin, a cellist and godfather of one of Mr. Putin’s children, and Bank Rossiya at the heart of the deals. Bank Rossiya is controlled by another friend of Mr. Putin, billionaire Yuri Kovalchuk. The U.S. placed sanctions on the bank in 2014 over Russia’s annexation of Crimea, calling it “the personal bank for senior officials of the Russian Federation.”
Approached last week by reporters from the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which also reported on the documents, Mr. Rodulgin said that he couldn't comment on the specifics but said he was connected to some of the businesses “long ago.” Mr. Kovalchuk didn’t respond to requests for comment from the media outlets covering the leaks.
Russian media, which is predominantly state-controlled, remained silent on the leak or focused on the non-Russians who had been swept up in the scandal.
While public opinion polls show that Russians remain highly critical of corruption, accusations of corruption have yet to tarnish Mr. Putin himself. According to the independent polling group Levada Center, Putin’s approval rating was 82% in March, only slightly down from its peak of 89% in June 2015.
The media outlets said that the leak also implicated Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who became one of Ukraine’s richest men through Roshen, the country’s largest candy business. Mr. Poroshenko, who has pledged to overhaul the corruption-riddled government after a 2014 revolution in Kiev, reportedly opened an offshore holding company in the British Virgin Islands that year.
Some lawmakers on Monday called for a parliamentary investigation. A spokesman for Mr. Poroshenko said he had no immediate comment.
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