View of the building where Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm offices are placed in Panama City on April 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / EDUARDO GRIMALDO
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A furious Kremlin said Monday it was the target of a plot to destabilise Russia after a massive leak of confidential documents fingered President Vladimir Putin's close associates along with other world leaders in allegations of shady offshore financial dealings.A year-long worldwide media investigation into a trove of 11.5 million documents, leaked from a Panama-based law firm with offices in 35 countries, exposed a tangle of offshore financial dealings by the elite, from Putin's aides to relatives of Chinese President Xi Jinping, sports celebrities and screen stars. The vast stash of records from legal firm Mossack Fonseca, the so-called Panama Papers, was obtained from an anonymous source by German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and shared with more than 100 media groups by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The allegations were not aired by Russian state TV.Among other key findings of the probe, which named about 140 political figures including 12 current or former heads of state:The Panamanian law firm denies the allegation.However, in terms of size, "the 'Panama Papers' is likely the biggest leak of inside information in history," according to ICIJ.More than 500 banks, their subsidiaries and branches have worked with Mossack Fonseca since the 1970s to help clients manage offshore companies.
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