Putin Denies Panama Papers’ Claims Of Corruption In Inner Circle

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday denied any “element of corruption” after the Panama Papers claimed his cellist friend Sergei Roldugin ran a $2-billion offshore empire, adding that his own name is not in the documents. Putin also claimed that United States officials were behind the journalistic investigation, citing a tweet from WikiLeaks. He boasted that the investigation had tried and failed to find any compromising information on his own financial dealings. “They combed through these offshore accounts. Your humble servant is not there. What is there to talk about?” Putin said, referring to himself, speaking at a televised forum

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