Novikov said ISIL gets most of its income from the sale of illegal oil reserves and by illegally charging energy transport corridors. Furthermore, the militants profit from illicit drug trade and the illegal sales of seized cultural property, Novikov said.
The Islamists purchase oil from middlemen and resell it to Syria and Turkey anonymously by using brokerages. This aspect of the ISIL economy has been affected by the recent change in the commodities market.
Earlier it was reported that ISIL's finances were not doing particularly well. The Caliphate struggled to keep its promises made last year when its leaders said that nobody will ever be poor while living in the Islamic State. Currently, people living under the reign of ISIL are suffering from high unemployment, lack of money, rising inequality and high taxes.