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Panama Papers: Journalists presented list of 2,000 Russian offshore owners
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The site, where the database of Panama Papers will be presented, contains info about 2229 Russians linked to offshore companies. These data have been collected for several years.

The database of offshores that is known as offshoreleaks.icij.org, contains data collected by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). It provides information on 2229 Russians which are linked to offshore companies. These people are referred to as "employees" and "master clients."

The representative of the Center for Public Integrity (an American NGO that is a base for ICIJ) said RBC that the archive now is located on offshoreleaks.icij.org and contains materials on 100 thousand offshore companies registered in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands and Singapore. These documents have been publicly available since 2013, the source says.

The archive includes data of the people, whose names fully coincide with the names and surnames of prominent Russian businessmen and politicians.

At 21:00 Moscow time offshoreleaks.icij.org will open access to the extended database, which includes information about more than 200 thousand offshores. The info was received due to getting access to internal documents of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

According to the data leaks from Mossack Fonseca, on April 3, ICIJ and the Centre for the study of corruption and organized crime (OCCRP) published an investigation about the offshores which belonged to world leaders, politicians, and celebrities in Panama and the British Virgin Islands. It told about 12 current and former world leaders, 128 politicians, 29 billionaires from the Forbes list and 13 Russian officials and deputies.

The Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Gunnlёygsson and Spanish Minister of Industry and Tourism Jose Manuel Soria resigned after the publication of the investigation. They were accused of having links to offshore companies.

In addition, the investigation mentioned a cellist Sergei Roldugin who was Russian President Vladimir Putin’s friend. The authors claimed that $ 2 billion had been laundered with his accounts. The Kremlin described the publication of Panama Papers as stove-piping.

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