It is a common secret that the very rich, and the powerful of the world, hide their financial situation from governments. The ICIJ has released 11,5 million documents titled "The Panama Papers" revealing individuals and situations.
The International Journal of Journalists' Consortium (ICIJ) has created an interactive publication that reveals how money moves through Panama and other common tax havens trying to cover traces of drug trafficking, arms and famous people.
There are many well-known names and it is reported that the leak was started by Mossack Fonseca's law firm. The names include associates of Russian leader Vladimir Putin who associate him with 2 billion dollar moves. Mentions the prime ministers of Iceland, Ukraine and Argentina that are linked to various companies to hide their assets, bonds and inheritances from a possible tax.
In total, there are 140 former and current politicians named in the documents.
The house of Mossack Fonseca, reports big names of FIFA and the big and loud Lionel Messi that seem to be named in some agreements. There are also known persons dealing with Mexican drug barons, terrorists or even North Korea.
Φυσικά, δεν υπάρχει τίποτα εγγενώς λανθασμένο στις υπεράκτιες συναλλαγές καθώς υπάρχουν νομικά κανάλια που επιτρέπουν στα άτομα και τις επιχειρήσεις να κατέχουν money in places far from their headquarters. But the documents show clear tax evasion, money laundering and other illegal activities, sometimes covered up by big banks like HSBC.