A baggage handler has been seized by police accused of stealing more than GBP 300,000 from passengers’ luggage at Moscow airport.
Police believe that the suspect was working as an insider for an organised crime gang.
Footage from the Russian authorities following his arrest show the suspect wearing a T-shirt bulging with bundles of bank notes.
As he is forced to face police cameras, the footage shows how the suspect unfastens his overalls and takes out packet after packet of rubles from under his orange T-shirt.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia said in a statement: “At Sheremetyevo Airport, police detained a suspect in embezzlement of 21 million rubles
“Employees of the line department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia at Sheremetyevo Airport detained a resident of the Moscow Region, who works as a loader in the airport complex.
“He is suspected of the theft committed by a group of persons by prior agreement on an especially large scale.”
The authorities said that the suspect allegedly stole RUB 10 million (GBP 148,300) from luggage on one flight, and RUB 11 million (GBP 163,131) from another.
The suspect was reportedly arrested after a chase before handing over the stolen money.
The suspect, who has not been named, has been detained and has been charged with theft.
Police are investigating potential accomplices.
There are currently no direct flights to most countries in Europe, due to the war in Ukraine.
It is, however, still possible to travel between the two regions by first stopping over in a country that has not closed its airspace to Russian air travel.
This includes the United Arab Emirates.
But this also means that the travel distance and therefore the costs of travelling are much higher.
Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport is one of four international airports that serve the Russian capital.
The airport, which was originally built as a military base, is widely known to be the busiest airport in Russia and one of the busiest in Europe.
It was originally named after the nearby village of Sheremetyevo and in 2019 a contest has extended its name, with it now officially named the Sheremetyevo Alexander S. Pushkin International Airport, in honour of the famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.