When you enter Syria, you have to start following all their Sharia [Islamic law] rules and pray, otherwise the khizba [police] will get you. For example, if you don't pray on time, they can take you and punish you. I told them that I did the hijra to the Islamic State, and then applied to the Sharia court to get my children back. I lived in the mosque between March and September. I could not even take my clothes off once. Nobody forces you to fight, but you do have to find a way to make a living.
The financial meltdown in Cyprus has re-surfaced longstanding allegations that Russian mafia money has been laundered through Cypriot bank accounts, converting cash from criminal sources into gleaming super-yachts in Limassol Marina. It's another apparent instance of Russian criminality stretching its tentacles into all manner of unlikely locations.