Billions Lay Unclaimed in Moscow Airport

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Could it be the lost fortune of Saddam Hussein? Or Muammar Gaddafi? Officials in Russia are searching for the owner of about 16.75 billion that are just stacked on pallets at the Sheremetyevo Airport. A handful of people have tried to claim the cash, which was flown to Moscow in August of 2007 without a recipient listed on the shipping documents, but so far no one has been able to convince authorities that they are the rightful owners. Other possible explanations include the idea that the money belongs to the Russian mafia or corrupt politicians. Russian law enforcement agents haven't seized the stash because they don't have any grounds to at this point.