Assad’s assertion that he put pressure on businessmen

Bashar al-Assad was in disagreement with businessmen who wanted money to pay his debt to Russia

Bashar al-Assad, the head of the Syrian regime, has claimed that Russia has applied pressure to business people to pay their debts to Russia.

Investigations have been launched against 29 of Syria’s richest businessmen for “money laundering” and “financing terrorism”.

Among the businessmen, Rami Mahluf, the cousin of Bashar al-Assad, the richest businessman in Syria, is also included. Mahluf was kept under house arrest with his two brothers and father, and his shares in the Syrian Telecom Companies were transferred to the public.

Assad regime is estimated to receive large debt from Russia and Iran.

Regime officials refrain from making statements on the issue.

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