The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that allegations of corruption against Russian President Vladimir Putin are “pure fabrication and slander,” Joinfo.ua reports with reference to TASS.
“The content of BBC’s material – is pure fiction and slander, which are completely baseless,” – Peskov said to reporters.
“In general, we got used to the journalistic hoaxes, connected with incompetence or the pursuit of “yellowness”, or were organized campaigns,” – said the representative of the Kremlin.
In this case, of course, our attention was drawn to the fact that the appearance of such material coincided with quasi-judicial exercises in some countries, with publications of similar content in highly respected editions”, – said Peskov.
“In the case of the BBC program, it looked like another example of such classic irresponsible journalism, if not an official comment, said in the film.” Peskov said that he meant the comment of a representative of the U.S. Treasury Department. “It is already a different situation – these are formal charges,” – said the representative of the Kremlin.
The Kremlin is convinced that the U.S. Treasury must provide evidence of the accusation of corruption they put forward against the Russian president.
“If they leave these official statements without evidence, it casts a shadow on the reputation of the U.S. Treasury,” – said Peskov. -“It is not our task to demand evidence. Now it is the task of the Department to submit an evidence to show that the statements of the official representative are not an unfounded slander.”
Peskov also said that the presence an official comment from the U.S. Treasury “shows who is at the conductor’s desk.” He also assured that the formal charges “need evidence.”
“Because the accusations put forward by such agencies as the US Treasury Department, unsupported by concrete evidence, casts a shadow on the Department,” – said Peskov. Nevertheless, he said that Moscow “will not require evidence from the U.S. Treasury.”
Peskov also denied that Putin owns a yacht. Thus, he commented on one of the statements voiced in the BBC film about Putin, in which the authors make conclusions about the involvement of Russian president into corruption just on the premise that he allegedly owns an expensive yacht.
“I know that the president has no yacht. I know it,” – said Peskov.
“I am ascribed a very deep knowledge of the yachts – it is not true,” – ironically said presidential spokesman, referring to the media publication in the summer of 2015, which claimed that he allegedly spent holidays on board of an expensive yacht.
In general, speaking about yacht owners Peskov said that “it is absolutely public data that is easy to check.”
It should be recalled that yesterday BBC Panorama showed results of the investigation in a film named “Putin’s Secret Riches,” where the representative of the U.S. Treasury Department, has told BBC Panorama that the Russian president is corrupt.