Vladimir Putin has said the revelations from the Panama Papers published in the Guardian concerning an old friend of his are true. However, Putin went on to say that the files demonstrate no illegal activity on his part. The papers link the cellist Sergei Roldugin to a number of offshore companies with cash flows of up to $2bn (£1.4bn).“However strange it may seem, the information is correct,” he said. “I have the feeling that it was prepared not by journalists but by lawyers, given the way it is presented. And it doesn’t actually accuse anyone of anything, and that’s the whole point." Using a Russian expression meaning roughly “to take a wild guess”, Putin added: “They were just waving their fingers in the sky, but maybe ended up sticking them somewhere unexpected.”
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