Sahel and CAR

Wagner’s Africa pivot has ominous implications for region

Issue 488 - 24 Jul 2023 - By Marc Howard | 4 minute read

Wagner Group head Yevgeny Prigozhin was reported telling his fighters in Belarus on 19 July that they would take no further part in Moscow’s war in Ukraine, but they must ready themselves for “a new journey to Africa”. A consequence for the Russian militia’s operations from Prigozhin’s failed march on Moscow in June would seem to be that President Vladimir Putin’s useful, if volatile proxy, does a pivot to Africa, where it is already a substantial force.

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