How Russia’s Wagner Group Is Expanding in Africa – The New York Times


Putin’s Shadow Soldiers: How the Wagner Group Is Expanding in Africa

Putin’s Shadow Soldiers: How the Wagner Group Is Expanding in Africa

Best known for its mercenaries, the Wagner Group also mines diamonds, spreads disinformation and props up autocrats in an effort to grow Russia’s footprint.

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/31/world/africa/wagner-group-africa.html

But Wagner is far more than a simple guns-for-gold scheme. Operating through a sprawling web of shell companies, it has become a byword for a broad spectrum of Kremlin-backed operations in over a dozen African countries. Wagner meddles in politics, props up autocrats and orchestrates digital propaganda campaigns. It donates food to the poor and produces action movies set in Africa. It has even organized a beauty pageant.


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