According to the publication, in the past, Rahmat Azizi participated in construction tenders of the American coalition in Afghanistan, after which he left for Russia.
NYT sources claim that Rahmat Azizi transferred money from the military intelligence of the Russian Federation to the Taliban. It is reported that six months ago, searches were carried out in the offices of a number of businessmen in Kabul and Kunduz, which, according to the Afghan authorities, were connected "with a remuneration scheme".
"The purpose of the operation was Rakhmat (Azizi - ed.), Who traveled to and from Russia and stated that he worked there, but no one knew what he was doing," the publication quotes the words of the deputy head of the provincial council Kunduz Safiulla Amiri (quote from translation RIA News). Rakhmat Azizi himself could not be detained.
This is not the first scandalous note by NYT about the alleged cooperation of the Russian military and the Taliban. Publications at NYT were previously called fakes by US President Donald Trump, Russian officials, and the Taliban.
In February 2020, a peace agreement was signed between the United States and the Taliban on the phased withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
* - The Taliban, a radical movement banned in Russia.