A scholar in religious studies delves into the peculiar world of Rodnovery, a Russian neo-pagan movement that believes in Slavs’ civilising mission. Many in Wagner side with it.
The birth rate was lower and the death rate markedly higher in areas outside government control in the Central African Republic.
Russia is not interested in helping Africa to prosper or achieve stability, but as a theatre for advancing the Kremlin’s geostrategic interests.
Russia was using the mercenary group to further its foreign policy aims in west Africa. There’s no reason to think Prigozhin’s death will change that.
A geopolitical struggle for valuable resources such as uranium is behind the wrangling over Niger.
The core members of the Wagner Group, who are loyal to the late Yevgeny Prigozhin, will likely seek revenge against Vladimir Putin for his death. Is the Russian leader now living on borrowed time?
Russian mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the Wagner Group, reportedly died when a private jet he was said to be on crashed on Aug. 23, 2023, killing all 10 people on board.
The apparent death of the warlord in a plane shot down over Russia tells us much about the fragility that surrounds Russian politics.
The Wagner Group boss had died in mysterious circumstances when his private jet crashed on August 23 2023.
The lesson in the presumed death of the mercenary leader two months after his mutiny against Putin: Don’t make yourself an enemy of Russia’s leader.
All eyes are on Nigeria where west African countries are discussing the possibility of military intervention to reverse the coup.
A selection of the best of our coverage of the conflict from the past fortnight.
The coup in Niger has the potential to further destabilise the whole of west Africa.
Ethnic politics, the presence of foreign troops and the weaknesses of past responses to coups encouraged Niger’s recent military takeover.
Vladimir Putin is engaged in a bid to woo support among African leaders, but the summit masks the darker reality of Russian influence-seeking in Africa
African leaders at the second Africa-Russia summit need to speak with one voice.
Wagner Group mercenaries in Belarus remain a worrying wild card with possible consequences for the conflict and the wider region.
Russia has long been a ‘paramilitarised’ regime, where the state can be challenged and undermined, but is not completely destroyed, by paramilitary or criminal groups.
The Russia-Africa summit has obvious benefits for Moscow: it conveys a perception of normalcy and the tacit approval of African elites.
The new ECOWAS chairman must focus on strengthening democracy and security in west Africa.