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KIEV, April 1. /TASS/. Ukraine’s reporters jointly with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists are planning to publish an article on an investigation into offshore secrets of President Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s Apostrof newspaper reported on Friday.
The report said citing journalist Dmitry Gnap that Poroshenko has already received "a list of questions on his offshore companies" with "particular names" from the Kiev-based investigative project Slidstvo.Info and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a global network of 185 reporters in over 65 countries.
"The Ukrainian presidential administration has chosen the tactics of keeping silence and waiting," the journalist wrote on his Facebook page, adding that after the investigation of journalist Anna Babinets is published, the administration will still have to comment on Poroshenko’s "blind trust" on the "sunny islands" and also possible links to the business of Odessa mayor.
The Slidstvo.Info project, focusing on political corruption and large-scale crimes, will present the first part of its investigation to be broadcast by the Ukrainian television on April 3. The New York Times has also recently accused Poroshenko of failing to combat corruption which "has been pervasive in Ukraine since independence."
Ukraine’s president ranks sixth on the list of 100 richest people in Ukraine with his fortune estimated at $858 million, according to the Forbes Ukraine magazine. Over the past year Poroshenko’s fortune has grown by $100 million, which allowed him to move up from the eighth place to the sixth place, the magazine said.
Poroshenko, dubbed "chocolate king," has failed to sell his major asset, Ukraine's largest confectionery manufacturer Roshen, despite his election pledges. The company manufactures 320 kinds of confectionery products, including chocolate and jelly sweets, caramel, chocolate, biscuits and cakes. The total volume of production reaches 450,000 tons per year.