Islamic State nets up to $200 million a year from antiquities: Russia

06 Apr 2016 4:49 PM | Anonymous

Islamic State nets up to $200 million a year from antiquities: Russia

UNITED NATIONS | By Louis Charbonneau

 

UNITED NATIONS Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq are netting between $150 million and $200 million per 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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-antiquities-russia-idUSKCN0X32HK