Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has placed his cousin Rami Makluf under house arrest after his refusal to provide money to the regime.
The news outlet Al Quds Al Arabi writes that Rami Makluf, who now lives in Russia, asked his businessmen sons to send money to Assad, but they refused. Assad then opened an investigation against the companies owned by his cousins, some of Syria's most powerful businessmen.
It is noted that 22-year-old son of Rami Makluf, Mohammed, regularly posted photos on social networks against the background of expensive cars and his villa in Dubai. This led to an international scandal, as a result of which Russia demanded from Syria $3 billion in repayment of the loan.