4 Oct 2021 14:02

Kremlin sees no credible info on 'hidden wealth of Putin's inner circle' in Pandora Papers

MOSCOW. Oct 4 (Interfax) - The Kremlin did not see any credible information on "the wealth of Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle" in the so-called Pandora Papers published recently and views these files as a compilation of unfounded allegations that cannot serve as grounds for any inquiries, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

Journalists asked Peskov on Monday to comment on the files from the Pandora Papers that "reveal the hidden wealth of Putin's inner circle."

"Frankly speaking, we didn't see any hidden wealth of Putin's inner circle there. I don't know for sure, these publications will reportedly continue, but we haven't seen anything special there thus far," Peskov said.

"It's hard to understand what kind of information this is, what it's about, and there's a lot that invites questions there," and therefore, "it's hard to understand how this information can be trusted," he said.

Peskov was asked whether this information needs to be verified. "Something should appear first, you see? For now, we're only talking about some assertions based on something that's hard to understand, and certainly, this isn't a reason for any inquiries," Peskov said.