Wagner mercenary leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, openly supports the recent military coup in Niger and offers his troops’ services to maintain order. Despite surviving a failed mutiny against Russia’s military hierarchy, Prigozhin seems to continue his active role in Africa, advocating for the continent’s liberation from ‘Western colonizers’. His activities seem to align with the Kremlin’s objectives to project stability and routine in its foreign policy agenda in Africa.
- Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Russian mercenary group Wagner, supports the recent military coup in Niger, celebrating it as a liberation from Western colonizers, and offers his fighters to help maintain order.
- Prigozhin’s active stance in Africa continues despite a failed rebellion against the Russian military last month, and he appears to enjoy the freedom of movement and influence, as he was recently reported meeting African delegates at a Russia-Africa summit in St Petersburg.
- His activities, including security contracts in countries like the Central African Republic, seem to align with the Kremlin’s foreign policy goals in Africa, promoting stability and continuity in the region.
- Observers note that Prigozhin’s group, Wagner, will likely continue to play a significant role in implementing Russia’s foreign policy agenda in Africa.
- The voice message on Telegram channel linked to Wagner, reportedly from Prigozhin, touts the group’s capabilities in helping African nations establish stability and eliminate terrorists, which analysts interpret as a sales pitch for his services.