A network of secret offshore deals and vast loans worth $2bn has laid a trail to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin. An unprecedented leak of documents shows how this money has made members of Putin’s close circle fabulously wealthy. Though the president’s name does not appear in any of the records, the data reveals a pattern – his friends have earned millions from deals that seemingly could not have been secured without his patronage. The documents suggest Putin’s family has benefited from this money – his friends’ fortunes appear his to spend. The files are part of an unprecedented leak of millions of papers from the database of Mossack Fonseca, the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm. They show how the rich and powerful are able to exploit secret offshore tax regimes in myriad ways. Full story >>
The Kremlin has dismissed revelations contained in the Panama Papers as "Putinphobia" and said that journalists investigating the Russian president’s financial affairs had "found out little new". Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, said on Monday that the publication of leaked offshore files from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca was designed to “destabilise the situation in Russia ahead of elections”. Full story >>
Russian president Vladimir Putin is shown sitting at his desk in his office surrounded by evidence of his past 'crimes and misdemeanors'. On the wall, there's a map showing the plans for military action in Ukraine and Syria. On the desk there's a framed photo of Putin with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, and a radioactive teapot (a reference to the poisoning by polonium of Russian exile Alexander Litvinenko, for which the Kremlin is widely held responsible). Rockets and boxes marked with the 'radioactive' sign are stacked up behind Putin, who is pointing at the reader and saying, "How dare you accuse me of financial irregularities!"
The cartoonist is making the point that there are plenty of other things besides 'financial irregularities' that Putin could be accused of, but it's that which he seems most sensitive about. Perhaps because he knows it won't go down well with the Russian people.
The expression 'How dare you ...' is for telling someone how shocked and angry you are about something that they have done or said. • How dare you go into my room without asking me!