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>> In this Crimea tourist resort lies further evidence of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's close ties to Russia. It's been revealed that Assad's teenage children stayed at the lavishly rebuilt Black Sea summer camp last year. Since Russia annexed the peninsula, this resort has undergone a $180 million makeover. Nestled on the Crimean coast, the Artek Seaside Camp was for decades an elite summer holiday destination for children of those favored by the Soviet Union.
Now it appears it's the place to be for those in the Kremlin's good books. Pictured here in a past photo op in Syria with their parents, Assad's sons, Javez and Karim, and his daughter Zayn, stayed at Artek with a group of other Syrian children. For them, this may be respite for a war that's ravaged their homeland for eight years and killed over 500,000 people.
One that critics argue is of Assad's making, and one that his enemies and the less privileged find harder to escape.