Russian President Vladimir Putin labeled media reports surrounding the Panama Papers as "provocation" on Thursday and effectively pointed the finger at U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs.
Vladimir Putin launched his fourteenth annual citizen call-in session as Russian president on Thursday, just months ahead of a key parliamentary elections that will test support for the leader's party.
The much-reported Panama Papers revelations came up within the second hour of questions. Putin didn't question their validity, but he said that Seuddeutsche Zeitung – a German newspaper that was heavily involved with the reporting – was obligated to Goldman Sachs. Both Goldman Sachs and Seuddeutsche Zeitung were not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC.