Russia accuse Afghan president of fleeing with 'carloads of cash'
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The damming claims were made by the Russian Embassy in Kabul as it was reported President Ghani fled to neighbouring Tajikistan on Sunday as his country collapsed as the Taliban rolled into the Afghan capital of Kabul virtually unopposed. President Ghani claimed he fled Afghanistan in order to “avoid bloodshed” as the Taliban closed in. But the Russian embassy claimed the President did not leave empty-handed slamming him with a raft of corruption claims before voicing support for the Taliban regime.
A spokesman for the Russian embassy in Kabul claimed: “As for the collapse of the outgoing regime…
“It is most eloquently characterised by the way Ghani fled Afghanistan.”
They claimed: “Four cars were full of money!
“They tried to stuff another part of the money into a helicopter but not all of it fit.”
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The embassy went on to claim there was so much money that “some of the money was left lying on the tarmac” after President Ghani took off to Tajikistan.
The huge claims come as Dmitry Zhirnov, Russia’s ambassador to Afghanistan, slammed how “the regime fell like a house of cards”.
And in a disturbing moment, Mr Zhirnov went on to praise the Taliban’s conduct following the takeover of the country.
He suggested the group made Kabul “better” than it had been under President Ghani’s government.
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The Russian continued claiming that he was impressed with the Taliban’s “reasonable and business-like” conduct.
He said: “The situation is peaceful and good and everything has calmed down in the city.
“The situation in Kabul now under the Taliban is better than it was under Ashraf Ghani.”
Mr Zhirnov’s comments come despite the Taliban still being listed as a terrorist organisation in Russia.
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His comments come as the Taliban are now in control of Afghanistan and appeared at a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday as they outlined to the world how they intend to run Afghanistan going forward.
Speaking at the conference, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid explained the country will be run under strict Islamic customs, he said: “Islam is important in Afghanistan and anything against Islam will not be accepted!”
He went on to say: “All will have rights under the umbrella of Islam. We want the world to trust us so we can work for the betterment of the Afghan people. Afghanistan has got some national ethics, national tradition and nobody will be allowed in Afghanistan to interfere in these things.”
However, witnesses on the ground are reporting that despite what the Taliban may say, the group are exercising brutal powers as they go door to door looking for “infidels” who they deemed helped the US during the intervention. There are reports that a string of Afghan interpreters have already been slaughtered as the Taliban seize control in the control.
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