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Ukraine,Libya,Moldova,Russia,Italy

Jihadi Tomb Raiders, Italian Mafia Sell Antiquities for ISIS Guns

18 October 2016

Daily Beast (USA)

A fuzzy photo shows the decapitated marble head of an ancient Roman statue; the grainy image is standing in for the gilded sales bills usually displayed in the world's finest auction houses. There are no certificates of authenticity or patrimony for these artifacts either, just maps with red markings. This is no ordinary art show. The maps in question show ancient Roman and Greek tombs that have been pillaged in Libya. These artifacts have been put on the market by... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Arab Emirates,Turkmenistan,Oman,Belgium,Bahrain,Israel,Yemen,Saudi Arabia,United Kingdom,Ukraine,France,Russia,China

UK, Second Largest Gun Exporter, Arms the Middle East [FR]

5 September 2016

Sputnik News

[Translated summary: The United Kingdom is the second largest exporter of arms. Between 2010 and 2015, the UK has sold weapons worth 10 million pounds to Oman, Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates, countries that are classified as "Non-free" by the Freedom House NGO. Other countries that buy from the UK are Saudi Arabia and Israel.] Le Royaume-Uni est le deuxième plus grand exportateur d'armes du monde sur les 10 dernières années et devant des pays comme la... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Sudan,United States,Ukraine,United Kingdom,Yemen,Libya,Iran,Czech Republic,Syria,Italy,Bulgaria,Afghanistan,Saudi Arabia,France

World Powers Accused of Violating Arms Trade Treaty [ES]

23 August 2016

IPS Noticias

[Translated summary: Human Rights organisations and military analysts accuse the United States, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France and Italy of violating the Arms Trade Treaty by selling to countries in conflict. Experts say that effectively implementing the treaty could save millions of lives.] NACIONES UNIDAS - Los grandes proveedores de armamento violan el tratado que regula su comercio y que se propone frenar el flujo de armas pequeñas y ligeras hacia las zonas de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Spain,Germany,Saudi Arabia,United Kingdom,Slovakia,Moldova,Ukraine,Egypt,Italy,France,Czech Republic,Bulgaria,United States,South Sudan,Syria,Yemen

UN: No Tolerance for States Who Flout Arms Trade Treaty

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

- States Parties [countries] still engaging in unscrupulous arms transfers, putting lives and human rights at risk - More than a quarter of States Parties are yet to meet the treaty's reporting obligations - Some States Parties opting to reject public scrutiny of their arms transfers States must ensure the global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) lives up to its promise to save lives and protect human rights from the devastating effects of the international arms trade by taking... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine,South Sudan,South Korea,Singapore,Turkey,Australia,Pakistan,United Arab Emirates,Saudi Arabia,India,Israel,Italy,Spain,Russia,France,United Kingdom,Germany,China,United States

Killer Facts: The Scale of the Global Arms Trade, Gun Totals

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

Transfers of heavy conventional weapons The top 10 exporters of conventional arms (excluding small arms/ light weapons – SALW) 2010-15 USA: US$55.006 billion Russia: US$42.404 billion China: US$9.943 billion Germany: US$ 9.467 billion France: US$ 8.932 billion UK: US$ 7.627 billion Spain: US$ 5.310 billion Italy: US$ 4.360 billion Ukraine: US$ 4.156 billion Israel: US$ 3.280 billion The top 10 importers of conventional arms (excluding SALWs) 2010-15 India:... (GunPolicy.org)

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Romania,Ukraine

Romanian Mafia Gang Sells Guns 'Bound for Western Europe'

7 August 2016

Sky News (UK)

As Britain's security services warn of potential Paris-style terror attacks in the UK, Sky News has been told by eastern European mafia gangs that demand for their military grade weapons across Europe has rocketed in two years - and they will supply to anyone. Security analysts say Islamist terror cells and "lone wolf" killers now consider automatic weapons the best way to bring mass murder to our streets. Europe's open borders mean that weapons like the AK-47 can be... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine,Western Europe,Romania

Romania Is a Central Point for Gun Trafficking from Ukraine [FR]

7 August 2016

Sputnik News

[Translated summary: The illicit traffic of firearms coming from Ukraine passes through Romania to reach the countries of Western Europe, but also the Middle East. One Romanian traffic network offers pistols, sniper rifles, shotguns, hunting rifles and semi-automatics.] Les ventes d'armes illégales en provenance d'Ukraine et à destination de l'Europe de l'Ouest commencent à faire parler d'elles. Le trafic illicite d'armes en provenance d'Ukraine passe par la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Libya,Syria,Iraq,Russia,Ukraine

Ukraine Once Again a Trove for Black Market Gun Trafficking

25 July 2016

New York Times, Reuters

SLOVIANSK/MOSCOW — On Feb. 12 last year, the same day that a ceasefire ended the worst of the fighting in eastern Ukraine between rebels and government forces, a former rebel fighter seized a chance to turn his inside knowledge of the conflict into hard cash. He traveled to a spot on the Russian-Ukrainian border where he retrieved a cache of weapons hidden there earlier by his comrades in the pro-Russian rebel movement. Four days later, shortly before 6:00 p.m., he... (GunPolicy.org)

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Europe,Ukraine,France

Machine Guns, Arsenal Seized for Euro 2016 Attacks in France

6 June 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

A Frenchman with an arsenal of weapons and a grudge against his government's immigration policies was detained as he tried to leave Ukraine and launch an assault on the European Championship, Ukrainian officials said Monday, describing it as a thwarted plot for a "series of 15 terrorist attacks." The announcement came as France promised unprecedented security for the soccer tournament's crowds and stadiums, which includes the French national stadium that was attacked... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belarus,Ukraine

Belarus President Protests Gun Trafficking from Ukraine [ES]

30 March 2016

Sputnik News (Russia)

[Translated summary: During a meeting with the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Carpenter, the President of Belarus, Alexandr Lukashenko, expressed his concern regarding arms trafficking from Ukraine to his country. He stated that this problem is worse than the threat of terrorism and that they are monitoring NATO's activity in Belarus' borders.] El presidente de Bielorrusia, Alexandr Lukashenko, expresó su preocupación respecto al ingreso en su... (GunPolicy.org)

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European Union,Russia,Ukraine

Russia Uncovers Arms Smuggling Route Through Ukraine

20 March 2014

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – Russian law enforcement raided an arms group that smuggled weapons to the country's North Caucasus from the European Union via Ukraine, the country's Federal Security Service said Thursday. Agents at a Ukrainian-Russian land border crossing detained several of the smugglers, who had in their possession pistols made by Desert Eagle, Smith & Wesson, SIG Sauer and others. "Information was received about the procurement of a significant number of handguns from... (GunPolicy.org)

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Eastern Europe,Ukraine

Over 5,000 Kalashnikovs, Other Guns Stolen from Ukrainian Military Bases

15 March 2014

Tasnim News Agency

TEHRAN - Fears of possible armed assaults and provocation in Ukraine and neighboring countries are on the rise after yet another report that rocket grenade launchers, firearms and munitions have been stolen from a military warehouse in western Ukraine. A source in the Ukrainian Interior Ministry told RIA Novosti that the coup appointed Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has recently been notified that a large cache of guns and ammunition was missing from one of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine

Claims Ukraine Rioters Seized Over 1,500 Guns From Security Forces

19 February 2014

Eurasia Review / RT

Ukraine's security service has announced it is launching a counter-terror operation. Radicals have seized over 1,500 firing arms and 100,000 bullets in the last 24 hours, the service said. The recent events in Ukraine have shown "the escalation of violence and a massive use of firearms by the extremist groups. In many parts of the country, public authorities, military installations and depots with munitions are being seized. Court buildings are burning, the vandals are... (GunPolicy.org)

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Greece,Sierra Leone,Libya,Ukraine

Ukraine Confirms Permit Issued for Guns Seized En Route to Libya

12 November 2013

Ukrainian Journal

KIEV – The State Service of Export Controls of Ukraine has confirmed the issuing of a one-time permit to Ukrspecexport subsidiary Ukrinmash State Enterprise for the supply of small arms ammunition to Libya, noting however that they have no information about the specific content of the military cargo on board of the Sierra Leone-flagged Nour M ship, which was detained in Greece. "In 2013, after inter-agency coordination, the State Service of Export Control of Ukraine... (GunPolicy.org)

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Turkey,Libya,Syria,Ukraine,Greece,Sierra Leone

Greek Coastguard Halts Ship Carrying 20,000 Kalashnikovs

8 November 2013

Greek Reporter

According to sources, the cargo ship "nourm" flagged with Sierra Leone, transferred a large amount of weapons. It was identified yesterday evening near Imia and was escorted to the port of Symi this morning. After an investigation, the cargo ship had troubled the authorities in the past for drug trafficking and when the port board appeared, changed its direction. Eventually, the ship stopped and was led to the port of Symi, under the port escort. The ship had started... (GunPolicy.org)

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Poland,Ukraine,Israel,Côte d'Ivoire,Bulgaria,Belarus,China,Angola,Russia

Guns Easily Available in Côte D'Ivoire Despite Embargo

16 April 2013

IRIN (UN News)

ABIDJAN - Côte d'Ivoire's recent turbulence - including the ouster of president Henri Konan Bédié in 1999, a long-running insurgency and deadly poll unrest in 2011 - has left the country awash in arms, which have contributed to human rights abuses, widespread crime and persistent insecurity. Two years after coming to power in 2000, Laurent Gbagbo's administration faced an army mutiny, which morphed into a full-scale rebellion. In response, the government underwent a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia,Ukraine,Kenya,East Africa,European Union,Israel,Libya,Yemen,Ethiopia,United States,Somalia

Special Investigation: Lack of Gun Treaty Fuels Kenyan Smuggling Trade

9 January 2013

Star (Kenya)

Whether looking after his herd of cattle or taking them to the watering point, Boru hardly leaves his AK47 behind. He lives in the outskirts of Gambella village, a few kilometres from Isiolo town. "It has become like a stick for me. I carry it around and my enemies fear me. It gives me more power than I had before I acquired it," Boru said. Taking cover from the scorching sun under the shade of an old acacia tree, Boru, a father of three, told the Star he bought his... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Germany,Ukraine,Sudan,China,South Sudan

Amnesty Accuses Sudan, China, Ukraine of Fueling Conflict in South Sudan

27 June 2012

Sudan Tribune (France)

JUBA — Amnesty International on Thursday accused China, Sudan and Ukraine of allegedly supplying military weapons to both South Sudanese Armed Forces (SPLA) and opposition groups, triggering scores of indiscriminate attacks in parts of South Sudan. The organization, in its latest report, entitled South Sudan: Arms supplies fueling violations in forgotten conflict, examines the impact of responsible supplies and misuse of weapons, munitions and armaments that resulted... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine

Ukraine to Destroy Ammo, Small Arms under Partnership for Peace Project

18 April 2012

Interfax (Ukraine)

Ukraine and NATO will continue cooperation in scrapping ammunition under the NATO Partnership for Peace Trust Fund project. A relevant framework agreement was signed between the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA) in Kyiv on Tuesday, Interfax-Ukraine learned at the Defense Ministry's press service. According to the agreement, 76,000 tons of ammunition, 366,000 units of light weapons and small arms and three million... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ethiopia,South Africa,Burkina Faso,Sierra Leone,West Africa,Ukraine,Côte d'Ivoire,Eastern Europe,Russia,Central African Republic,Iraq,Afghanistan,United States,Colombia,Angola,Liberia,North Africa,West Asia,Africa

Shadowy 'Merchants of Death' Behind Africa's Illegal Gun-Running

11 April 2012

Think Africa Press (London)

Arms dealer Viktor Bout was sentenced to 25 years by a US federal court last week. Widely known as the 'merchant of death', the 45-year-old Russian has delivered weapons and arms to a wide range of presidents, insurgents and rebels in Africa and the Middle East including the likes of Charles Taylor in Liberia and Jonas Savimbi in Angola. He was caught in a US sting in which his services were solicited for the supply of weapons to Colombia's FARC rebels. His companies... (GunPolicy.org)

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