Sunday, July 2, 2023

Unwinding Wagner Group and Implications for Africa

 The Washington Post published on 1 July 2023 an article titled "After Mutiny, Kremlin Looks to Unwind Holdings Tied to Wagner Mercenary Boss" by Mary Ilyushina, Rachel Chason, Robyn Dixon, and John Hudson.  

Russia has sought to reassure African leaders who relied on the Wagner Group for security that the company will continue to operate, but it is not clear that will be possible while also cutting off Yevgeniy Prigozhin from Russian government funding.  There are other private military companies in Russia, but none seem positioned to replace Wagner in Africa.  

A Russian investigative expert on the Wagner Group argues that in the absence of Prigozhin, his conglomerate of numerous companies will either cease to exist or it will degenerate into something completely different, incapable of the same level of activity.