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What are the Pandora Papers? Here’s a brief explainer

The Pandora Papers leaked over the weekend. Here’s a simple explainer on what they mean for you

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The pool house of the Chateau Bigaud, in Mougins, southern France.

A view of the pool house of the Chateau Bigaud, in Mougins, southern France, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. An investigation found that in 2009, Andrej Babis, the Czech prime minister, put $22 million into shell companies to buy the property near Cannes.

Daniel Cole, Associated Press

The Pandora Papers are here, and they expose a number of prominent and powerful world leaders’ hidden riches and spending decisions.

What are the Pandora Papers?

Simply put, the Pandora Papers are a leak of about 12 million documents that reveal hidden wealth, tax avoidance and money laundering by some of the world’s richest and most powerful people, according to BBC News.

  • The papers were leaked after more than 600 journalists from 117 countries looked through files for months.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, located in Washington, D.C., obtained the documents, working with 140 different media groups to release them.

What are the biggest highlights from the Pandora Papers?

OK. So there are more than 6.4 million documents and 3 million images in the Pandora Papers. Journalists are still sifting through them. But here are some of the key takeaways:

Where can I read more?

You can visit the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ website for a full review of the documents.

BBC News has a simple guide to the leak to help you understand everything.