Panama Papers data correct though no one is accused - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the authors of the so-called Panama Papers "throw dust into people’s eyes." The shot they fired went wide, he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the authors of the so-called Panama Papers "throw dust into people’s eyes." The shot they fired went wide, he added.

"Odd as it may seem, they do not publish falsehoods about offshores. The information is correct. One has the impression that it was authored not by journalists, but by lawyers," Putin said on Thursday, while answering questions at the live phone-in officially called the Direct Line with Vladimir Putin.

Putin explained that judging by the style of the text and the facts mentioned the authors of the publication did not accuse anybody. "That’s the main point," he remarked.

"They just throw dust into people’s eyes. They allege that some of my friends do some business. So the question they ask is if there is any chance the money from the offshores may end up in the hands of some officials, including the president," Putin said about the underlying aims the authors of the publication pursued.

First published by TASS.

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