Former President Ghani fled with cars, chopper full of cash, claims Russian embassy

Posted on August 16, 2021, 5:49 pm
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KABUL: The Russian embassy in Kabul has claimed that former Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country after the Taliban seized the capital on Sunday, took four cars and a helicopter full of cash with him.

According to Russian state-owned news agency RIA, Nikita Ishchenko, a spokesperson for the Russian embassy in Kabul, told that “Four cars were full of money, they tried to stuff another part of the money into a helicopter, but not all of it fit. And some of the money was left lying on the tarmac.”

Ischenko also confirmed his comments to Reuters. He cited “witnesses” as the source of his information. However, Reuters was not able to independently confirm the authenticity of Ischenko’s account.

“As for the collapse of the (outgoing) regime, it is most eloquently characterised by the way Ghani fled Afghanistan,” Nikita Ishchenko added.

Meanwhile, the Russian special envoy on Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov on Monday described Ghani’s flight from Kabul as “disgraceful,” adding that Ghani “deserves to be brought to justice and held accountable by the Afghan people.”

Ghani left Kabul on Sunday as the Taliban swept into the Afghan capital. Media reports suggested that the president went to neighboring Tajikistan or Uzbekistan, but there was no official confirmation of his whereabouts.

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