MOSCOW, May 10 (RAPSI) – The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has recently published a searchable database displaying information on clients of Panama’s law firm Mossack Fonesca, allegedly owning offshore companies, which includes 6,285 Russian nationals, RIA Novosti news agency reports on Tuesday.
The database allows Internet users to search for alleged owners of offshore companies filtering information by a firm’s name or by country. Altogether, 209 countries are currently on the list. However, it should be noted that the database search capabilities are not perfect yet, so some names may be duplicated due to variations in spelling.
According to the newly published information, 6,285 Russian nationals are among those in the database. It also has on display 11,516 companies having connections with Russia’s citizens and provides 5,534 postal addresses in the territory of the Russian Federation.
Earlier, it has been reported that 2,229 Russian nationals, 7,319 offshore companies with connections to Russian citizens, and 2,188 postal addresses in the territory of the Russian Federation could be found in the database of Mossack Fonesca customers.
In early April, German Sueddeutsche Zeitung published documents, allegedly leaked from Panama’s law firm Mossack Fonesca, which, according to the newspaper, were evidence of some world leaders and their entourage complicity in offshore schemes. The authenticity of so called Panama Papers has not been officially confirmed as yet, whereas Mossack Fonesca refused to authenticate these documents stating that journalists’ actions were a crime.