Close friends of Vladimir Putin have amassed vast, but secret fortunes. Sergei Roldugin, a cellist who is godfather to Putin’s daughter Maria controls a series of assests including stakes in a a bank, an advertising agency and other companies.
A company part-owned by Yuri Kovalchuk, another close associate of Putin, received large loans from a state-controlled bank. The company, Ozon, hosted the wedding of Putin’s daughter Katerina.
This transaction was one of a series conducted by a mysterious offshore entity called Sandalwood, may of which appear to have benefited allies of Putin.
Iceland’s prime minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson held millions of dollars in investments in an offshore company. The investments included large stakes in banks which collapsed during the financial crisis and whose fortunes since have been closely tied to government policy.
Gunnlaugsson walked out of an interview when questioned about the issue.
The documents reveal links between football administrators and businessmen accused of corruption and a member of FIFA’s Ethics Committee, responsible for investigating mismanagement at the highest levels of the sport.
Juan Pedro Damiani and his law form did work for companies linked to former FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo, charged in the US with fraud and money laundering, as well as Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, accused of paying bribes in return for football broadcasting rights.