Money for Nothing: Putin Friend Sergei Roldugin Enriched by Troika Laundromat

Sergei Roldugin’s mastery of the cello isn’t what made him globally famous.

Media outlets worldwide illuminated the Russian musician’s finances when the Panama Papers investigation revealed that he was behind a network of offshore companies worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Now, a new leak of over 1.3 million banking transactions and other documents has identified additional financial manipulations that further benefited two companies Roldugin is associated with.

Such wealth is inexplicable for a Russian classical musician, even one honored with the title of People’s

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