Trafficking In Antiquities During A Time Of War – Analysis

09 Jun 2012 11:01 AM | Anonymous

Trafficking In Antiquities During A Time Of War – Analysis
June 8, 2012


By Bruce G. Richardson

When Russian archaeologist Viktor Sarianidi excavated Tilya Tepe in 1978, 21,000 bejeweled, gold artifacts created during the Greco-Bactrian era known as The Golden Hoard of Bactria were reported as inventoried, photographed, and catalogued. But in consideration of the time (1978), and the fact that the Kremlin was considering military intervention in Afghanistan in support of the Communist regime, it seems prudent to challenge the veracity of Professor Sarianidi’s findings.

Lest we forget, the Kremlin was at this time in control of the monitoring and accounting practices utilized for the export of Afghanistan’s natural gas. We have since that time learned that Moscow was cheating Afghanistan by installing the monitors in Soviet Central Asia while paying Afghanistan only one-third of the world price. Even at that, Moscow provided no hard cash to the Afghan Treasury, but rather used the revenue to finance its puppet governments and armies of Taraki and Amin. The point of this return to history is to demonstrate that Russia, as with other powerful nations, is not above reproach.

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