Someone Has Yet to Claim Their $27 Billion From the Moscow Airport

There’s a crazy story on the Daily Mail today about 200 palates of cash—27 billion dollars—that were shipped to the Moscow Airport back in 2007 and have stayed there ever since. The money was sent by one 45-year-old Farzin Koroorian Motlag in Frankfurt, but he listed no recipient and hasn’t even come forward to claim what he sent. And though plenty of people have called the airport, claiming that the money belongs to them, Moscow authorities say they’re all scammers.

So, who sent it? There’s some speculation that it belonged to Saddam Hussein or, perhaps, Muammar Gaddafi. But the list of people it could realistically belong to is very small ($27 billion is roughly the net worth of Michael Bloomberg, the 13th richest person in the world—and whoever this money belongs to is clearly in no rush to claim it) and Moscow authorities are running out of patience, as the cash presents them with a sizable liability. So, if you’re out there, and the money’s yours, call Russia …

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