As quoted in DM: Russia’s concerted push into Africa is re-establishing the country’s strongest links with the continent since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Trade with Africa grew to $20.4bn in 2018 with Russia signing military agreements with 21 African countries.
The “godfather” and funder of Wagner is Yevgeny Prigozhin, a St Petersburg- based oligarch known as “Putin’s chef” who has clandestinely led Russia’s push into Africa over at least the three years. Wagner functions as an undeclared branch of the Russian military. The rest of the African story is the stuff crime thrillers are made of.
Do yourself a favour – read Daily Maverick’s (15/11- Friday’s) piece. It is simply riveting reading. And scary.
Hard men present hard choices – none more so than Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia. Hillary Clinton