: Ukraine's State Fiscal Service to check reports on Poroshenko's offshore firms

14:04 Apr. 5, 2016

Ukraine's State Fiscal Service to check reports on Poroshenko's offshore firms

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arrives for a news conference after meetings at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, Friday, April 1, 2016. (AP)

Petro Poroshenko's 'offshores activity' to be investigated in Ukraine

Head of Ukraine's State Fiscal Service Roman Nasirov has instructed the service's departments working with individuals to check media reports claiming that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has allegedly founded three offshore asset management companies without mentioning them in his income declaration.

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"Yesterday I instructed the State Fiscal Service's individuals department to verify reports and find facts that we could check," Nasirov said at a press conference.

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As reported, according to an investigation by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), which is based on documents from a Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, Poroshenko created three offshore companies for management of assets, including a confectionery corporation Roshen, without giving any details about this move in his report to tax services.

The Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office said later it saw no crime in the 'Panama documents' of President Poroshenko's offshore property published in the media.

Reporting by UNIAN

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