Several high-ranking Russian officials, deputies, governors, security officers and their close relatives are the owners of secret offshore companies in Panama and the British virgin Islands, it is stated in the published April 3 investigation of the International consortium of investigative journalists (ICIJ) and the Center for the study of corruption and organized crime (OCCRP). Based data obtained as a result of the leak the documents of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which renders services on registration of offshore companies. Detailed stories on the accounts of Russian politicians, based on these documents, leads to “Novaya Gazeta”.
With 2013, according to anti-corruption legislation, civil servants are prohibited from engaging in business operations abroad to have accounts abroad, according to the investigation. In addition, entering into force in 2015, the law on deoffshorisation of Russian residents and companies are required to inform the competent authorities of its share in offshore, if this share exceeds 10% of total capital. The state Duma deputies do not engage in entrepreneurial activity.
The participants of the investigation
In the investigation appear the names of four Russian officials, including the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev, the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, former Deputy Manager of the President Ivan Malyushina and Vice-mayor of Moscow Maxim Liksutov. Ulyukayev and Peskov offshore directly do not belong (at least, the journalists I didn’t find them), but offshore companies had been registered in their relatives Ulyukayev son Dmitry and his wife Tatiana Peskova navco (she was, however, registered the company in the British virgin Islands even before the wedding with the press Secretary of the President).
Panama company Malyushina was eliminated with a three-week delay after the entry into force of the law prohibiting officials from owning offshore companies, and Liksutov technically did nothing wrong, as promptly rewrote all foreign company wife Tatyana, which eventually divorced.
Separately in the investigation described the foreign company’s Russian governors, deputies and senators or their relatives. In particular, the materials of the investigation are referred to the company, presumably associated with the families the heads of the Pskov region Andrey Turchak, Governor of the Chelyabinsk region Boris Dubrovsky, deputies-United Russia party members Victor Zvigelskaya, Michael Slipenchuk and Alexander Babakov and former Senator from Chechnya Suleiman Eremeeva. Is present in the list and a man named Alexey Patrushev, whom the newspaper calls the nephew of the Secretary of security Council Nikolai Patrushev. Alexey Patrushev, however, is not civil servants, and restrictions associated with the foreign companies and accounts not subject to, the authors note. Finally, in the investigation mentioned offshore company Denis Zubov, a son of Deputy interior Minister Igor Zubov.
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