Report: £16.7 billion sits in limbo at Moscow airport

The reports claim the money is stored at Sheremetyevo Airport in pallets that weigh a total of 200 tonnes. Credit: Reuters

A cash store of 20 billion euros (£16.7 billion) has sat in limbo at a Moscow airport since 2007, Business Insider has reported, citing a claim in a Russian tabloid.

The report alleges it was left by a UAE-based financier, while an Iranian news site has claimed the static fortune may even link back to the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Russian law apparently prohibits the money from being claimed by anyone other than the financier, who the reports name as Farzin Koroorian Motlagh.

The Sheremetyevo Airport, though, emphatically denied the claims as fantasy when contacted by a Russian news agency.