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Planeloads of Syrian currency exposed, but does the Kremlin care?

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The overflight logs published by ProPublica show that the Syrian flights passed over Azerbaijan, Iran, and Iraq, presumably in a bid to avoid Turkish airspace. In October, Turkey – which supports Syria's rebel movement – forced down a Syrian airliner over its territory and accused Moscow of using civilian jets to supply weaponry to Damascus.

Until last year, Syrian banknotes were printed by Austria's official Oesterreichische Banknoten- und Sicherheitsdruck, but the European Union has passed 19 rounds of sanctions against Syria, including a ban on minting currency, since the rebellion began in March 2011. According to reports, Assad this year turned to Russia's Goznak official mint to provide him with a steady cash flow.

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