[Economia] Making a Killing - OCCRP


Central and Eastern European governments have directed an unprecedented flow of weapons and ammunition to four key backers of Syria’s armed opposition since the escalation of the bloody civil war in 2012.

A yearlong investigation by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) reveal for the first time the emergence of an €1.2 billion arms pipeline fueling conflict in the Middle East, causing untold human suffering.

It is a trade that is almost certainly illegal, experts say.

Making a Killing: The €1.2 Billion Arms Pipeline to Middle East
An unprecedented flow of weapons from Central and Eastern Europe is flooding the battlefields of the Middle East.

The Middle East Airlift
Dozens of cargo flights have transported thousands of tons of Soviet-style weapons and ammunition between Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East in the past year, most likely headed to the war in Syria.

Arms Exports to Middle East: A Question of Legality
Arms and human rights experts question the legality of Central and Eastern Europe’s rocketing arms trade with the Middle Eastern states backing Syrian rebels.