The International Federation of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on Sunday released a collection of classified documents proving that politicians and officials from various countries use maritime companies to buy real estate and evade taxes.
They care about 35 former and current leaders and more than 300 officials from different countries. Among the people they care about are Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky, King Abdullah II of Jordan, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrzej Babish, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Pandora Papers – also known as disclosed documents – are 12 million files with a total size of 2.94 TB, the largest leak ever released by ICIJ. This includes 6.4 million documents, 2.9 million photos or graphics and 1.2 million emails.
They show it King Abdullah II of Jordan Through a network of offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands, he bought 15 properties in the UK and US for a total of 70 70 million.
On the other hand President of Azerbaijan Aliyev And his family must be secretly involved in UK real estate transactions worth more than $ 400 million.
According to the Pandora Papers, Putin is associated with real estate in Monaco. Zhelensky Before winning the 2019 election, he transferred his assets to a foreign company Bobbies He is suspected of money laundering for failing to mortgage shares in foreign companies that bought real estate worth 15 15 million in the south of France.
As the British BBC, which participates in the Panorama project at ICIJ, points out, one of the biggest revelations is how prominent and wealthy people have set up businesses legally to secretly buy UK real estate. Amid concerns that some property buyers may cover up fraudulent activities in this way, this is evidence of the British government’s failure to establish a register of owners of properties owned by offshore companies.
“There has never been anything like this before, and it shows what marine companies can offer people to hide their fraudulent money or avoid taxes. They use these foreign accounts, these foreign trusts buy hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate to enrich their own families at the expense of countries and their citizens Said ICIJ’s Percussion Sheil.
One of the headlines that hit the BBC hard was the case of the former Labor Party The first scene of the playerHe, along with his wife Cherie, avoided a stamp duty of 2,312,000 by purchasing property worth 6. 6.45 million in London. Pounds. They avoided the fee because they bought a foreign company that owned the property. Buying real estate in this way is legal, and in such a situation there is no need to charge stamp duty, as the former Labor Prime Minister has previously criticized these types of tax loopholes.
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The Czech Prime Minister denies the allegations
Czech Prime Minister Andrzej Babis said on Sunday that the publications on the Pandora Papers project were a slander against him and an attempt to influence the impact of next week’s parliamentary elections. According to the results of a press conference released on Sunday, Bobbis did not announce the shares of the marine companies that bought 15 million euros worth of real estate in the south of France.
In a statement to CTK, Babis insisted that there was nothing illegal in the transaction that took place before he got involved in politics. In a pre-election debate with other politicians contesting the parliamentary elections on Sunday, October 8 and 9, Bobbis spoke of attempts to discredit him by the media, which is owned by another Czech oligarch Zdenek Bakaly.
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