Oct 5, 2021 - World

Countries with highest number of politicians named in the Pandora Papers

Photo of Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaking from a podium and gesturing with one hand
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks at an event at the Ukraina National Palace of Arts in Kyiv. Photo: Pavlo Bagmut/Ukrinform/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The Ukrainian president may have pledged to reform the country's corrupt system of politics, but the Pandora Papers tell a different story.

Driving the news: Ukraine is the country with the highest number of politicians named in the leak of offshore data, which implicates hundreds of people linked to offshore companies — including President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Context: Zelensky had campaigned on cleaning up Ukraine's oligarch-dominated system. He'd pushed to set himself apart from politicians like incumbent Petro Poroshenko, who hid offshore assets, the Guardian notes.

  • But the Pandora Papers revealed that Zelensky was involved with a network of offshore companies, which he co-owned with friends and business partners.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Dave Lawler: Zelensky is one of several politicians who campaigned on anti-corruption platforms — others include Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan — who will now be facing questions over undisclosed wealth tied to them or their close associates.

By the numbers: Ukraine leads with 38 politicians named in the Pandora Papers. The top five are ...

  • Ukraine: 38
  • Russia: 19
  • Honduras: 11
  • United Arab Emirates: 11
  • Nigeria: 10
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