A cargo of 20billion euros in cash (£16.75billion) has lain unclaimed at a Moscow airport for six years amid allegations it could be the secret fortune of Saddam Hussein.
The stash, now under high security in a cargo depot, is held on 200 wooden pallets each worth 100 million euros, enough to keep the entire NHS going for almost two months.
Russian customs have demanded the real owner of the booty “presents himself” to claim the fortune, but while a number of bogus and unconvincing attempts have been made to obtain it, no-one has satisfied the authorities that they are the rightful recipient.
Sounds like the opening of a bad Nigerian 419 letter, doesn’t it?
But there’s absolutely no chance at all that the story is true. Even if the money did exist at some time it won’t now. That’s just too much. You could hire an Army regiment to take out the airport for a fraction of that sum out there. Someone really would have taken a platoon of tanks in and a convoy of trucks.
Just not believable.