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Vol 65 No 12

Published 6th June 2024

Central African Republic

West set on banishing Moscow's forces from Bangui

The death of Prigozhin has neither reduced the influence of Russia nor diminished France's efforts to charm Bangui out of the Kremlin's grip

Russian mercenaries no longer openly roam the streets of Bangui by day as in the Wagner Group's heyday, but they still pluck President Faustin-Archange Touadéra's opponents from the streets by night. After the death of the Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin last August and a slow purge of his associates by the Russian military intelligence service, the GRU, the Kremlin remains heavily embedded in the African country where it has the strongest links.

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