The German publication specifically notes Chinese President Xi Jinping, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Azeri President Ilham Aliev, Moroccan King Mohammed VI, Saudi King Alman ibn Abdul-Aziz al Saud, the late father of British Prime Minister David Cameron, and a number of individuals allegedly close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“It’s obvious that [information hoaxes] have reached new heights in ‘Putinophobia’ that make it practically impossible to speak well of Russia or any type of actions Russia does, or any success Russia enjoys. You need to speak poorly, and you need to say lots of bad things, in an abundance, and if there’s nothing to say, then you need to whip something up. This is also obvious for us,” Peskov told journalists.
Earlier, Peskov announced a consortium of international research in the West and in Russia was planning to publish “hoax material” on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s family and his childhood friends.
"This information product was been created and is being promoted on our domestic political scene. This product targets our domestic audience. Despite Putin not appearing anywhere directly, and despite other countries and other leaders being mentioned, it is clear to us, of course, that the target of such information attacks is our president, especially in light of the upcoming parliamentary elections, and, in the long term, presidential elections in two years."
Moscow is disappointed in the quality of journalistic research in regard to the latest scandal in the “Panama Papers” and expected better quality, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.
“I have to admit that we of course expected better quality summaries in the work from the journalistic community. In essence there wasn’t much new revealed and here I should say that there is probably disappointment. In any way, when we’re talking about this community, the traditions of quality journalistic research have sunk in years,” Peskov told journalists.