Assad family ties to Russia seen in kids' stay in Crimean camp

Source : 112 Ukraine

Bashar al-Assad's children rest at a summer camp of the occupied Crimea
12:51, 20 April 2018



News that Russia accepted the teenage children of Bashar al-Assad at a rebuilt summer camp in Crimea last year has shown a little of personal lives of the Syrian president’s family and his close relationship to Moscow. This was reported by Reuters.

Nestled on the Crimean coast since 1925, the Artek Seaside camp served for decades as an elite summer holiday resort for children of those favoured by the Soviet Communist Party and foreign delegations invited from its satellite states.

Russia has given the camp a 180 million dollars renovation since seizing the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. Guests stay in newly-built dormitories by the sea.

That Assad’s sons Hafez and Karim and daughter Zein had stayed there last year with a group of other Syrian children was made public only this week, when a Russian lawmaker on a delegation to Damascus said Assad had mentioned it.

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As it was reported earlier, President of Syria, Bashar Assad at a meeting with the Russian delegation said that his children in 2017 had a rest in the camp Artek in the annexed Crimea. 

In addition, Assad said that his children are interested in building the Crimean bridge and are watching how the construction is going on, and they are also interested in politics.

As reported, the prosecutor's office opened a criminal investigation regarding the transfer of Artek to the federal property of the Russian Federation.

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