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Ross has interests in shipping company Navigator, doing business with the Russian company Sibur. That company is partly in the hands of the son-in-law of Russian President Putin. It is one of the few investments that Ross did not shed when he became a trade minister beginning this year. The ties are remarkable, for months have been investigating Russian interference in the American elections.
The disclosures are part of research by the International Consortium or Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) for tax constructions, based on documents from the Bermuda-based legal service provider Appleby. That data has been leaked to the Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared with more than ninety media companies worldwide, including in the Netherlands Trouw and the FD.
These papers report in depth on what the Paradise Papers call. In the documents, Stephen Bronfman also dives, he is the fundraiser of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He would have been involved in losing millions of dollars to the Cayman Islands.