The Wagner Group, the Russian mercenary conglomerate that hires out its battle-hardened operators to shady governments around the world, has recently made itself indispensable to regimes in Africa. But the mercenaries aren’t just a bunch of hit men. In Africa they are perfecting a new form of international operation – a corporate mix of military aggression and private enterprise – that is posing problems for the world economic order.
The group is perhaps best known for its killings in Ukraine, where it has been based since Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Crimea in 2014. Today there are about 1,000 mercenaries in eastern Ukraine, most of whom are ex-Russian and Belarusian special forces. Although much is unknown about the company’s legal status and ownership, it is clear that it works closely with the Kremlin. Shortly after the company debuted almost a decade ago, Wagner troops fought on the side of Bashar al-Assad in Syria and then on Gen. Khalifa Haftar‘s side in Libya – both in support of Russian interests.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/russian-corporate-mercenaries-move-into-africa-wagner-group-russia-ukraine-mali-commerce-private-sector-concessions-gold-11662582748 Russian Corporate Mercenaries Move Into Africa