Joyce Hackel, PRI’s The World
Published 5:22 a.m. ET Nov. 7, 2017
A trove of leaked offshore funding paperwork, dubbed the ‘Paradise Papers’, exposes hidden banking actions of among the world’s wealthiest individuals. Samantha Vadas studies.
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross addresses delegates on the annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) convention in east London, on Nov. 6, 2017.(Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas, AFP/Getty Images)
Remember the Panama Papers — that mbadive trove of greater than 11 million paperwork leaked in 2015 detailing monetary information on greater than 200,000 offshore entities?
Now, there is a sequel.
It’s referred to as the Paradise Papers, and it is delivered to you through the identical two German journalists who acquired the sooner information dump.
“Here we are again with another leak and new revelations,” says Süddeutsche Zeitung correspondent Frederik Obermaier, one of many two reporters who acquired the Paradise Papers from an nameless supply.
The leaks element the large sums of cash parked in some 25,000 firms headquartered for tax causes in locales together with the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and the Isle of Man.
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“The money that is going into tax havens is actually money that is normally not being taxed,” he says. “That is money that is being missed by the U.S., Germany and the UK. That is money that could be otherwise used for hospitals, for schools, for universities.”
The Paradise Papers embrace particulars of the investments of U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, displaying how his portfolio might be linked to these of people in Russian chief Vladimir Putin’s internal circle.
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Obermaier calls battle of curiosity.
“If you, as the secretary of commerce are profiting from business activities of a company that is, in part, owned by Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law, that raises the question how independent (Ross) is,” Obermaier notes. “Yesterday, there was this announcement that (Ross) would not have known who are the shareholders of this Russian company called Sibur. And I must admit, I’m a little bit skeptical on that one because you can find the shareholders on Siber’s homepage. It’s not really hidden. You can find that Kirill Shamalov, this son-in-law of Vladimir Putin, is one of the shareholders.”
Obermaier says the Paradise Papers ought to alert these concerned in shady, offshore transactions.
“It is a signal to people doing business in secret jurisdictions that (they) cannot feel safe anymore,” he says.
Some U.S. lawmakers have referred to as for an inquiry into Ross’s enterprise hyperlinks to Russia.
Ross denies any wrongdoing.
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