Archive for the ‘Central African Republic’ Category

The Elusive Figure Running Wagner’s Embattled Empire of Gold and Diamonds

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, an article on Dmitry Sytii the elusive figure working to preserve the Wagner’s multibillion-dollar African operations: T-shirts have appeared on the streets of the Central African Republic’s capital recently picturing a bearded man with flowing hair and an almost saintly look. The image, reminiscent of a revolutionary Che Guevara, […]

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Wagner Group’s Central African Financial Model

Courtesy of The Africa Report, an investigation into how Wagner – from gold to coffee, wood to spirits – has made the Central African Republic and Cameroon the backbone of a network of companies whose profits are worth millions of euros: Yevgeny Prigozhin’s mercenaries are notably exploiting the Ndassima mine in the Central African Republic, […]

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How Wagner Teamed up with the CAR’s Diamond Mafia

Courtesy of The Africa Report, a look at how the Wagner group has taken control of the Central African diamond sector: A stone’s throw away, the river Kotto flows slowly, waiting to empty into the Oubangui, situated nearly 200km further south on the border with DRC. A little further on, on the ochre laterite road […]

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What Wagner’s Mutiny Means for Its Sprawling African Business Empire

Courtesy of Bloomberg, an article on how the Russian mercenary group’s commercial network in the Central African Republic is set to come under pressure: The two men, rifles strapped to their backs, huddle together in the grass. Bright flashes appear in their hands — Molotov cocktails, which they hurl high over a barbed wire fence […]

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Russian Forces Help Secure Central Africa Gold Zone in New Pact

Via Bloomberg, a report on a new Central Africa gold “zone” comprised of Sudan, Chad and CAR: Three nations have agreed with the help of Russian troops to secure a gold-rich region in the Central African Republic rife with armed rebel groups, the latest sign of Moscow’s expanding influence on the continent. A deal struck […]

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Russia and Central African Republic

Courtesy of the New York Times, a look at how – as Moscow wages war in Ukraine – its mercenaries have already established control in the Central African Republic — with scant Western reaction: In early March, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine entered its third week, a Russian diplomat nearly 3,000 miles away in the […]

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