Report: Russia sent plane to take 20 tonnes of gold out of Venezuela?

Juan Guaido (centre), the head of the Venezuelan National Assembly, speaks to the press in Caracas on Tuesday. Photo: EPA/LEONARDO MUNOZJuan Guaido (centre), the head of the Venezuelan National Assembly, speaks to the press in Caracas on Tuesday. Photo: EPA/LEONARDO MUNOZ

The Bloomberg news agency has cited Venezuelan lawmaker Jose Guerra as tweeting on Tuesday that a Russian Boeing 777 plane had landed in Caracas the day before to spirit away 20 tonnes of gold from the vaults of the country’s central bank.

The claim sparked outrage and social media speculation even though Guerra provided no evidence when asked how he knew this, Bloomberg reported.

According to the Ukrainian Pravda website, a Russian Boeing 777 plane was this week reported as flying out of Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport to the Venezuelan capital with two crew, but without passengers.

The pravda.com.ua website quoted Venezuela’s National Assembly, which is in opposition to the country’s President Nicolas Maduro, as saying on Twitter: “We have received information from officials at the Central Bank of Venezuela: A plane has arrived from Moscow with an intention to take away at least 20 tonnes of gold. We demand details from the Central Bank of Venezuela about what is happening. This gold does not belong to Calixto Ortega [the head of the country’s central bank], but to the Venezuelan people.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.