Moscow must have known about South Ossetia's reputation as a money pit when it took the separatist territory under its military and financial wing after the 2008 war with Georgia. But the Kremlin may not have expected that it would be quite such a high-maintenance place that some $27.3 million can just go up in smoke.
Eight hundred million rubles -- part of the aid dished out by Moscow for post-war rehabilitation -- simply has disappeared, South Ossetia’s de-facto state auditors said last week. The who, where, when, why and how remain unknown. While eyes popped in Russia, South Ossetia’s de-facto official news agency reported the epic steal as casually as if a ballpoint pen had gone missing.
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