Mainstream media outlets began a new round of Russian fearmongering in Africa.
On June 11th, The Telegraph reported that “leaked documents” revealed so-called “Putin’s Chef” Yevgeny Prigozhin urged for a harsher Sudan crackdown before former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was ousted.
Prigozhin allegedly criticized al-Bashir for “failing to follow Russian advice on how to crack down on the country’s pro-democracy uprising.”
The Telegraph didn’t miss to remind that Prigozhin allegedly runs the meme PMC Wagner Group. He reportedly wrote a letter to Omar al-Bashir to express his discontent with the former president ignoring Russian advice “to paint protesters as “pro-Israel,” “pro-LGBT”, and “anti-Islam” in a bid to discredit them.”
The Guardian reported that Prigozhin mentioned “lack of activity” by the Sudanese government and its “extremely cautious position.”
The letter was among a supposed tranche of documents obtained by the Dossier Centre that show plans to expand Russian influence in 13 countries across the continent, including by challenging former colonial powers such as Britain and France.
The Dossier Centre recently released alleged documents linking Prigozhin to plans of a possible “racial war” in the United States. The organization is funded by exiled oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who MSM call a “tycoon,” but mostly because he’s very vocal and financially active against the “bloody Russian regime.”
On May 24th, the Kremlin announced that Russia would host a Russia-Africa summit in Sochi on October 24th, 2019.
“At the summit, special attention will be paid to the current state and prospects of Russia’s relations with African countries and to the expansion of the political, economic, technical and cultural cooperation. It is planned to discuss a wide range of issues on the international agenda, including joint response to new challenges and threats, and strengthening of the regional stability. At the end of the meeting, the participants are to adopt a political declaration on the key areas of Russian-African cooperation.”
Russia has a military presence and peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic. CAR is described as “strategically important” and a “buffer zone between the Muslim north and Christian south”. It allows Moscow to expand “across the continent”, and Russian companies to strike lucrative mineral deals.
The Guardian further reported that also on May 24th, the Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov announced that Russia was dispatching a team of army specialists to the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“These specialists will go there to help maintain military equipment provided to the Republic of the Congo earlier,” he said. According to Peskov, with appropriate maintenance, it is possible to continue using many pieces of the equipment. “They will be sent there to maintain that equipment,” he added.
Russia and the Republic of the Congo earlier signed a contract to deploy Russian military specialists to the African country. Thus, once again all these actions were backed by official agreements and everything is within the norms of whatever is left of international law.
An earlier report by Al Jazeera on Russian activities in the Central African Republic attempted to provide a glimpse into Russia’s “malign influence,” but it turned out that it was just a simple training center. Even the interviewed individuals who opposed Russia’s presence, while surrounded by child soldiers were not convincing enough.
Some other parts of the documents include, as per the Guardian:
- Moscow is keen to exploit a long-running territorial dispute in Comoros;
- A trans-African road and rail-building schemes. A railway could be built linking Dakar in Senegal with Port Sudan in Sudan, along the “old hajj [pilgrimage] route”;
- A plan to revive “pan-African consciousness” appears closely modelled on the idea of Russkiy Mir, or Russian world. The concept has become fashionable under Putin and signifies Russian power and culture extended beyond current borders;
- One working paper is titled “African world”. It calls for a developing “African self-identity”. It recommends collecting a database of Africans living in the US and Europe, which might be used to groom “future leaders” and “agents of influence”. The eventual goal is a “loyal chain of representatives across African territory.”
Yevgeny Prigozhin maintains that he is not connected to anything MSM alleges he is and that Wagner Group doesn’t exist.
At the same time, activities of Russian private military contractors in the Middle East and Africa are not a secret.
Anti-Russian propaganda appears to be on the rise, as there are video games showing “evil Russians” killing innocents, Chernobyl was entirely blamed on the “bloody regime” in the hit-series. It wouldn’t be a surprise if another historical series was made, showing that it was actually Russia who colonized Africa and enslaved most of the population.
It should also be reminded that the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game still hasn’t come out, so there is still “hope” that the final boss in the game may be Yevgeny Prigozhin. Time will tell.
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