Odesa mayor denies holding Russian citizenship
He has dismissed the allegations as "an outpouring of lies and a bad April Fools joke".
Odesa mayor Hennadiy Trukhanov has told the Segodnya daily that he does not hold Russian citizenship.
"Reports about my citizenship and offshores are wrong. They were earlier circulated by [former Odesa mayor] Eduard Hurvits. A complaint to court was filed then, and there is the resolution of [Odesa's] Prymorskyy district court which ruled this information to be untrue. The reply of the Russian consulate-general in Odesa was read out there, according to which I did not apply for citizenship and do not hold Russian citizenship. As for the rest, economic activity and bad things, which were circulated, I have to analyse the situation to see what to say and what to do. There was an outpouring of lies and a bad April Fools joke," he said.
The leaked files of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which were used during a global journalist investigation, allegedly mention Trukhanov as a co-owner of several offshore companies and say he holds a Russian passport.