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顶级德国记者收到普京盟友60万欧元,泄露显示

胡伯特·塞佩尔(Hubert Seipel),一位知名的德国记者和作家,以其对俄罗斯的专业知识而闻名,从与阿列克谢·莫尔达绍夫(Alexei Mordashov)有关的公司那里至少收到了60万欧元,莫尔达绍夫是一位与弗拉基米尔·普京(Vladimir Putin)关系密切的俄罗斯寡头。这笔款项是通过未公开的离岸交易支付的。
Seipel,一位获奖电影制作人,以分期付款的形式收到了这些资金,据称是为了支持他就普京崛起的两本书的工作。这些刻画被描述为对俄罗斯总统表示同情。这种情况引人注目,因为它将西方记者与可能旨在为支持普京的行动者争取有利媒体报道的大额付款联系起来。

在德国,这些付款的披露尤其重要,因为关于政治和商业精英支持普京的角色有激烈的辩论,尤其是自乌克兰入侵以来。这场辩论由德国对俄罗斯石油和天然气的依赖所助长。

Seipel,曾近100次会见普京,承认接受了与莫尔达绍夫有关联的账户的资金,但强调这些支持专门用于他的书籍项目,并坚称他保持了中立。然而,泄露的文件表明,这些付款特定用于他的两本书:“Putin: Inner Views of Power”(2015年)和 “Putin's Power: Why Europe Needs Russia”(2021年)。

Seipel的出版商,Hoffmann und Campe声称之前对这些付款毫不知情,并保留采取进一步行动的权利。关于这些交易的信息来源于塞浦路斯保密项目,这是一次向国际调查记者联盟及其他媒体伙伴泄露的360万条离岸记录。

莫尔达绍夫(Mordashov),俄罗斯商业精英的重要人物,因与克里姆林宫的紧密联系而受到欧盟的制裁。他在乌克兰入侵当天出席了克里姆林宫的商业领袖会议。支付给Seipel的款项是通过复杂的离岸结构进行的,并包括一个书籍项目的“赞助契约”。

Seipel已经为自己免受偏见的指控进行了辩护,声称他的工作一直是公正的,并且在他的书中没有发现事实错误。然而,他与普京的密切接触以及他的作品在俄罗斯的积极接受,导致了他受到批评和被指责亲俄偏见。德国广播公司NDR已经暂时屏蔽了对Seipel电影的访问,待进一步调查,并强调了披露潜在利益冲突的重要性。
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