Russia (1267)

05-05-2021

Building materials trading and production; infrastructure works; building restoration; contracting; export-import

28-04-2021

An agreement has been reached for the Russian navy to escort Iranian tankers into Syrian territorial waters, Russian media reported this week, after Israeli attacks disrupted Iranian shipments to Syria.

28-04-2021

The Syrian government announced this week it had received 203,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine via the COVAX facility in addition to 150,000 doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine.

28-04-2021

In a leaked audio recording published by pro-opposition activists on social media, a militia commander loyal to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard in Daraa talked of reversing seizures of property owned by opposition sympathisers if they agree to join pro-Iran militias.

28-04-2021

Electrical products and mobile phone trading; spare parts trading; contracting

21-04-2021

The majority-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) are preventing displaced residents from returning to the village of Kafr Naya in northern rural Aleppo governorate five years after capturing the village. Residents have been unable to return to their houses and farmland, some of which the YPG has reportedly handed out to its loyalists, members and leaders’ families. Remaining properties in the village were converted into military training sites, as well as offices for the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).

21-04-2021

For much of 2019 and early 2020, northern Hama and southern Idlib governorates were under a barrage of near daily airstrikes and artillery fire, as pro-regime forces sought to recapture the area from rebels.

14-04-2021

Container traffic at Lattakia port fell by 25 percent last year, according to official data from the private-sector company managing the terminal, in an indication of how heavily the coronavirus pandemic has weighed on economic activity in Syria.

14-04-2021

The UAE has donated vaccines to Syria as the country grapples with a third wave of the pandemic.

07-04-2021

Members of a Bedouin tribe who have been displaced since 2012 from the majority-Druze town of Ariqa, in the northwestern part of Suweida governorate are being prevented from returning despite multiple mediation attempts led by local figures.

07-04-2021

Donors pledged EUR 5.3 billion (USD 6.4 billion) towards humanitarian relief efforts for Syria at a recent conference -- a decrease on last year’s commitments and only around half the funds needed. As the conflict entered its second decade, most countries reduced funding, though both the European Union and Germany increased their contributions.

31-03-2021

A video published by pro-government media outlets in recent days appears to show live ammunition being fired at homes in the rural southern part of Aleppo governorate belonging to displaced people. The homes were reportedly converted into artillery, missile, and aerial practice targets under Russian military supervision.

31-03-2021

Prominent UK-based Syrian investor Ayman Asfari has sold his share in Gulfsands Petroleum to an investment firm owned by a Russian businessman, which now holds a controlling stake in the company.

31-03-2021

Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad has ratified a USD 13-million production sharing agreement (PSA) contract with Russian company Kapital LLC, further consolidating the dominance of Russian firms in the country’s oil and gas sector.

24-03-2021

Decisions issued by the Syrian government’s Terrorism Court in absentia remain a source of concern for residents of Daraa governorate’s eastern countryside, despite the court’s inability to carry out its rulings in the area. Eastern Daraa remains outside the full control of Damascus, instead controlled by the Russian-backed Fifth Corps.

24-03-2021

Syrian official media outlets reported in recent days that residents had “returned” to the majority-Turkmen town of Qastal Maaf in the countryside of Lattakia governorate. Despite the accompanying celebration attended by the governor of Lattakia and local Baath Party leaders, those who reportedly returned may not in fact be the town’s original residents.

22-03-2021

This 2,200-word factsheet provides an overview of the Syrian tobacco sector, a major industry, particularly in the coastal area.

17-03-2021

The Syrian government has offered farmers more than double what it paid for wheat and cotton last year, boosting the incentive for them to sell their harvest to Damascus instead of a rival administration in the northeast of the country.

17-03-2021

Update on March 23, 2021:The number of positive cases has continued to increase, with 748 new cases registered across the country this week while areas outside the government’s control have yet to begin vaccination campaigns.

17-03-2021
The foreign ministers of Qatar, Turkey and the Russian Federation held a meeting on March 11 in Doha, Qatar, to discuss the Syrian crisis and ways of co-operation with the aim of contributing to a lasting political solution.
10-03-2021

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces seized control of three flour mills from the state-owned Syrian Grain Establishment (SGE) in the northeast of the country early last month, reflecting the growing strategic importance of the bread supply chain.

10-03-2021

Displaced Christian Syrians from the rural north of the Lattakia governorate are pressuring both the government and the church to allow them to return to their hometowns in regime-held areas that were retaken from the opposition in 2015. Regime forces and Iranian militias control these areas and allow residents to return only for short visits to check on their houses.

10-03-2021

Russia is attempting to purchase real estate in Aleppo’s Handarat Palestinian refugee camp through an allied Syrian-Palestinian militia, with the goal of converting the area into a military base at the northern entrance to the city.

10-03-2021

After a long wait, official government statements have begun to indicate residents may be allowed to return to the city of Al-Hajar Al-Aswad south of Damascus, though no concrete action has yet been taken to enable that.

10-03-2021

Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad and his wife Asma Al-Assad tested positive for the coronavirus on February 08 according to an official statement issued by the president’s office.

10-03-2021

An Iranian delegation travelled to Damascus last week with the aim of enhancing technological ties between the two countries in a visit that included the signing of a deal for a new credit line.

03-03-2021
The Ministry of Health said it began vaccinating Syrians against the novel coronavirus on Monday with initial doses administered to healthcare workers as a further 471 new cases were recorded across the country.

03-03-2021

Syria’s second telecom operator MTN-Syria has been placed under the judicial custody of a minority stakeholder with reported links to the country’s First Lady Asma Al-Assad, as the government seeks to exert greater control over the company.

24-02-2021
The representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the Astana format:

24-02-2021

The United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said it has settled with U.S.-based cryptocurrency company BitPay over a violation of its sanctions on Syria and other countries.

24-02-2021

Iran’s MAPNA Group will repair and restore two of the five turbines at the Aleppo thermal power plant, according to state media reports. The EUR-124-million contract, signed with the government late last year, was widely covered in local media, but the contractor was not previously confirmed.

24-02-2021

Positive coronavirus cases in Syria continued a steady climb last week with 398 cases recorded, roughly in line with the 431 new cases registered the previous week.

24-02-2021

The Russian company managing Syria's Tartous port has appointed a new manager, the fourth to serve in just two years, in another sign of the company’s struggles to calm the ongoing disputes with the company’s Syrian workers.

24-02-2021

Turkey has agreed to transport hundreds of tons of wheat stored in silos in a front line area in Raqqa province to the Syrian government in a deal mediated by Moscow to help ease the ongoing crisis around the key commodity, according to Russian media.

24-02-2021

Since January 2021, the municipality of Al-Zerbeh, a town located south of Aleppo city, has demolished dozens of properties belonging to allegedly pro-opposition residents displaced from the town as well as to opposition sympathisers who had been displaced from nearby villages. Municipal officials say the buildings were in violation of the construction code. The demolitions also targeted properties in neighbouring villages, as well as areas surrounding the nearby strategic M5 Highway that connects Aleppo and Damascus and passes near Al-Zerbeh.

17-02-2021

A previously unknown company, Saray LLC, has won the rights to broadcast Syria’s football league for three seasons, according to local media reports.

17-02-2021

The Syrian government is planning to award major projects in the tobacco and steel sectors to private companies in a bid to win badly needed investment amid a lack of government funds.

17-02-2021

A high-ranking Syrian military official recently said that the government could seize the properties of men who have failed to perform their mandatory military service, while also threatening to seize their family members’ assets. These statements have raised controversy over how to interpret a key amendment to Syria’s military service law.

17-02-2021

Tehran plans to launch a direct shipping line with Syria in March, according to Iranian media, in a further sign of Iran’s efforts to expand its economic influence in the country.