Putin’s first response to Panamapapers: It’s nonsense!
Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed corruption charges contained in the recent Panama Papers offshore schemes revelations, according to TASS news agency.
The Russian president said that the publication of Panama papers is an attempt to destabilize the situation in Russia from within, according to Dozhd. He said the easiest way to do it is to impose on the people a sense of mistrust in the government, Dozhd reported.
Putin added that there is no direct reference in Panama papers stating that he owns any offshore companies. "That’s the sort of stuff they have been trying to sell. There is allegedly some friend of Russia’s president. He did this and that. Possibly this may have a corruption side to it. What sort of? There is nothing of the kind," Putin told the 3rd media forum of regional and local mass media Truth and Justice, according to TASS.
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“This is nonsense,” he concluded.