On 22 March, the Guardian reported that the Syrian regime is setting up shell companies in a systematic attempt to avoid sanctions. It says that documents detail at least 3 companies established in Syria on the same day with the explicit purpose of operating as a shell to buy shares and manage other companies. It says that the criminal network the Syrian regime uses to evade sanctions and to keep the country’s illicit economy functioning to continue is outrunning any updates by western governments.
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