The ousted leader of the Western-backed government insisted he fled his country to avoid “a bloodshed.” Mr Ghani – ridiculed as a Western puppet by opponents – has since been granted asylum in Dubai, UAE.
In fact, there was so much money left on the trail, Russian Embassy spokesman Nikita Ishchenko said.
He also revealed that he took four cars stuffed with cash with him.
Mr Ghani is said to have flown to Tajikistan, but was reportedly diverted to Oman after authorities refused permission to land, before heading to Dubai.
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The news emerged as Vladimir Putin’s Russia appears to be extending an olive branch to the new Taliban-led government.
The Russian president’s special representative for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, earlier revealed that it was not clear how much money the fleeing government would leave behind.
Speaking on Moscow radio station Ekho Moskvy, he said: “I hope the government that fled has not taken all the money from the state budget.
The Afghan Embassy in Tajikistan has called on Interpol police to arrest Ghani for theft of public property.
He also accused former national security adviser Hamdallah Mohib and senior politician Fazal Mahmood Fazli of taking money and demanding their arrest.
Many observers have blamed two decades of inept and corrupt Western-backed governments for allowing the Taliban to return to power.
This rampant corruption has been widely blamed for hampering the development of Afghanistan – despite the hundreds of billions of pounds in international aid that flowed into the country over the two decades that foreign forces were stationed there.
Sadly, much of it just ended up lining the pockets of corrupt officials rather than being used to modernize the country and improve the lives of ordinary Afghans.
Things got so bad that many government soldiers tasked with fighting the Taliban went unpaid for months.
In contrast, the Taliban have vowed to root out corruption by applying barbaric punishments that include public executions and stoning.
US President Joe Biden highlighted this problem at a recent press conference.
The leader of the free world said the Afghan government has received all the support and help it needs, but still has not done anything with it.
Stating that he “squarely” supported his decision, he added: “American troops cannot and should not fight in a war and die in a war that Afghan forces are unwilling to fight for themselves. . We have spent over a trillion dollars.
“We have trained and equipped an Afghan military force of about 300,000 men – incredibly well equipped – a force larger than the armed forces of many of our NATO allies.
“We gave them all the tools they could need. We have paid their salaries, serviced their air force – something the Taliban does not have. (The) Taliban don’t have an air force. We provided close air support.
“We gave them every chance to determine their own future. What we couldn’t provide them was the will to fight for that future. “