George Heswani (16)

27-01-2021

Three prominent Syrian businessmen—each reportedly with Russian citizenship—have been linked in recent Arabic and international media reports to the company that purchased the ammonium nitrate that exploded in Beirut in August.

27-01-2021

The Syrian businessman George Heswani has operated in Syria’s oil and gas sector since the 1990s, but his name has gained increasing prominence throughout Syria’s conflict, both for his close association with Russia and for his alleged role in brokering deals with the Islamic State organisation (ISIS) to purchase oil on the Syrian government’s behalf.

27-01-2021

Oil and gas plant investments; oil products trading; contracting

20-01-2021

The list below includes the names of all the individuals that have been blacklisted by the European Union since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in March 2011.

20-01-2021

The European Union has rejected appeals from two Syrian businessmen to be removed from its sanctions lists, including one figure who had already been delisted by the EU Council, sending a confusing signal for other sanctioned individuals seeking to cut regime ties in exchange for relief from sanctions.

06-01-2021

The list below includes all the Syrian individuals, entities, aircrafts and vessels that have been put under sanctions by the U.S. Administration since 2005.

15-07-2020

An attempt by two Syrian businessmen to lift sanctions imposed on them by the European Union failed after their appeal was rejected by an EU court this month.

06-04-2020
A 2,300-word factsheet on the Syrian activities of Stroytransgaz, the Russian company that has become the symbol of Moscow’s economic influence in the country.

11-09-2018

The U.S. Treasury has blacklisted a number of Syrians and other nationals and entities associated with Syria’s oil procurement networks, including one of the most prominent war profiteers.

22-08-2017

(Updated on April 16, 2020: an earlier version of the article stipulated that businessman George Heswani had been removed from the EU sanctions list, which is incorrect.)

On August 18, regime affiliated forces took control of a large gas processing plant west of Raqqa, enabling a further increase in gas supplies.

11-04-2017

(Updated on April 16, 2020: an earlier version of the article stipulated that businessman George Heswani had been removed from the EU sanctions list, which is incorrect.)

The European Union has lifted its sanctions on a Syrian company that was accused of carrying oil trade with the government, citing insufficient evidence.

28-03-2017

(Updated on April 16, 2020: This article stipulated that businessman George Heswani had been removed from the EU sanctions list, which is incorrect. The story was based on a false reading of a decision by the European Court of Justice. For the record and background information om Mr Heswani we are keeping the story in its original version.)

26-07-2016

The U.S. Treasury has put eight individuals and seven entities under Syria-related sanctions in the first update of its blacklist for eight months.

27-11-2015

A Syrian oil industry investor and his company have been blacklisted by the U.S. Administration in a recent update to its sanctions list.

09-03-2015

The European Union has blacklisted several new Syria-related companies and individuals, including two Iran-related businessmen and another involved last year in the negotiations to release abducted nuns as well as in dealings between the regime and ISIS.