Islamic State nets millions from antiquities: Russia




 
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Islamic State nets millions from antiquities: Russia
 
April 6th, 2016  
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Islamic State nets millions from antiquities: Russia
By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq are netting between $150 million and $200 million a year from illicit trade in plundered antiquities, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations said in a letter released on Wednesday. "Around 100,000 cultural objects of global importance, including 4,500 archaeological sites, nine of which are included in the World Heritage List of ... UNESCO, are under the control of the Islamic State ... in Syria and Iraq," Ambassador Vitaly Churkin wrote in a letter to the U.N. Security Council.




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