Revelations accusing the Russian president, who is not directly named but linked through collaborators, are “baseless,” the Kremlin says.
Russia has dismissed revelations leaked in the Pandora Papers as “baseless claims” after an investigation by a media consortium shed light on wealth allegedly amassed by Kremlin-affiliated individuals.
The Pandora Papers The investigation, involving some 600 journalists from The Washington Post, the BBC and The Guardian, is based on a leak of 11.9 million documents from 14 financial services companies around the world.
The files were leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and published on Sunday.
Putin is not directly named, but he is linked through associates to secret assets in Monaco, most notably a waterfront home bought by a Russian woman who allegedly had a child with the Russian leader.
But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the leaks “just a series of largely unsubstantiated claims” on Monday.
“We haven’t seen anything about hidden wealth within Putin’s inner circle,” Peskov said, adding that it was not clear “how this information can be trusted.”
The leaks show that the $4 million property in Monaco was purchased in late 2003 through an offshore company for the woman — a resident of Putin’s hometown of St. Petersburg — who was previously said to be in a relationship with Putin. .
“If there are serious publications, which are based on something concrete and refer to something specific, we will read them with interest,” Peskov said.
The Russian research firm Proekt reported in November last year that the woman, Svetlana Krivonogikh, had once worked as a cleaner and was the mother of Putin’s child.
The purchase of the property went through shortly after Krivonogikh gave birth, the leaks revealed.
The media consortium said Krivonogikh had not responded to requests for comment.
Proekt described Krivonogikh last year as an elusive millionaire living in Russia’s former imperial capital and the recipient of expensive gifts from Kremlin-affiliated individuals.
It said facial recognition analysis of photos obtained by their reporters showed that Krivonogikh’s daughter bears a strong resemblance to Putin.
The research firm was declared an “undesirable organization” by authorities earlier this year as part of a wider crackdown on dissenting voices, and banned its work in Russia under threat of jail time.
The Pandora leaks also revealed that the head of a state-run television network, Konstantin Ernst — who oversaw the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics — got a stake in a billion-dollar real estate deal in Moscow.