The Wagner Group’s profits from operations in the Central African Republic, where it controls the mining of metals and precious stones, could reach a billion dollars, Politico reports. This, in turn, may allow the company to finance combat operations in Ukraine.
Over the past year, fighting for Ukraine the Russian Wagner Group significantly expanded the scale of operations in the Central African Republic. With the profits from mining metals and precious stones, the group will be able to finance new mercenaries and purchases of weapons, writes Politico, citing anonymous diplomatic sources.
Politico journalists report that the group, among others, expanded and fortified the Ndassima gold mine, building bridges across the river and placing anti-aircraft guns at key locations. The authorities of the Central African Republic do not allow the flight of drones of peacekeepers UN over the mines, and it happened that they were also fired upon by Republic troops. According to American officials, this means that the Wagner group is gaining political control in the country.
On Friday, the BBC reported the second death in recent months of a student from an African country recruited to fight in Ukraine by the Wagner Group. In October, a 33-year-old citizen died at the front Tanzania, convicted in 2021 in Moscow for drug trafficking. In mid-November last year, there were reports of an identical case of a Zambian student who hit the Russia to prison, and then died in Ukraine, fighting in the ranks of the Wagnerians.
Main photo source: Minister des Armées