Russia's Putin says Panama Papers are authentic, but show no wrongdoing

April 14, 2016 3:06 PM

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MOSCOW —Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged Thursday the authenticity of recent disclosures about offshore companies owned by prominent Russians, including one of his oldest friends, but said it was not proof of any wrongdoing.

But Putin — during a nearly four-hour question-and-answer session — also took aim at the international team of journalists that produced the Panama Papers report detailing shell companies, tax havens and financial dealings by political figures and others around the world.

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