Russian President Vladimir Putin, then prime minister of the country, visits a former palace of Great Prince Alexei Alexandrovich Pomanov, in St. Petersburg, Russia, with longtime friend Sergei Roldugin, and then-president Dmitry Medvedev, on Nov. 21, 2009. A leak of records from an international law firm shows that Roldugin is a behind-the-scenes player in a clandestine network operated by Putin associates that has shuffled at least $2 billion through banks and offshore companies.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, then prime minister of the country, visits a former palace of Great Prince Alexei Alexandrovich Pomanov, in St. Petersburg, Russia, with longtime friend Sergei Roldugin, and then-president Dmitry Medvedev, on Nov. 21, 2009. A leak of records from an international law firm shows that Roldugin is a behind-the-scenes player in a clandestine network operated by Putin associates that has shuffled at least $2 billion through banks and offshore companies. Dmitry Astakhov AP/RIA Novosti Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin, then prime minister of the country, visits a former palace of Great Prince Alexei Alexandrovich Pomanov, in St. Petersburg, Russia, with longtime friend Sergei Roldugin, and then-president Dmitry Medvedev, on Nov. 21, 2009. A leak of records from an international law firm shows that Roldugin is a behind-the-scenes player in a clandestine network operated by Putin associates that has shuffled at least $2 billion through banks and offshore companies. Dmitry Astakhov AP/RIA Novosti Kremlin

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