Ivan Maslov: From Ukraine to Mali, a war criminal’s path
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Ivan Maslov: From Ukraine to Mali, a war criminal’s path

If the name Ivan Aleksandrovich Maslov doesn’t ring a bell, that is perfectly normal. The head of Wagner in Mali and alleged war criminal is a discrete man who doesn’t want to receive too much attention. But Wagner Group is now well established in Mali and it is more than ever necessary to take a…

Wagner Group recruiting prisoners from penitentiary colonies

Wagner Group recruiting prisoners from penitentiary colonies

July 4th 2022 A report by Russian magazine “Важные истории” (Important stories) reveals that the mercenary group Wagner is recruiting convicts inside St Petersburg colonies. The convicts are promised 200,000 rubles for six months if they agree to go to fight in Donbass, and freedom if they survive the conflict. If someone dies, 5 million…

Wagner in Mali : terror as a weapon of war

Wagner in Mali : terror as a weapon of war

Mourrah, Nioni, Hombori… Despite the growing amount of proofs of exactions incriminating Wagner Group, the Malian junta keeps strengthening its bloody cooperation with the Russian mercenary company. It is now clear that the massacre of civilians is a tool used deliberately to contain the rise of the jihadist movement the government is unable to contain….

Russia-Mali: Limited state-to-state relation to cover mercenary engagement

Russia-Mali: Limited state-to-state relation to cover mercenary engagement

On the 27th of April, the CNT (National Transition Council) once again communicated on its military superiority over terrorist group, mainly thanks to its control of Mali’s airspace. This theme occupies the majority of the public discourse on cooperation between Russia and Mali, a “state-to-state” partnership supposedly for the best of the Malian people. Since…

Central African Republic: Abuses by Russia-Linked Forces

Central African Republic: Abuses by Russia-Linked Forces

Original Article Human Rights Watch – 3rd May 2022 (Nairobi) – Forces in the Central African Republic, whom witnesses identified as Russian, appear to have summarily executed, tortured, and beaten civilians since 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. National authorities, the country’s Special Criminal Court (SCC), or the International Criminal Court (ICC), should investigate these incidents…

Russian manipulation in Mali: a new turn in the information war

Russian manipulation in Mali: a new turn in the information war

In recent years, Russia has been staging a comeback in West Africa, taking advantage of the growing insecurity and instability in countries facing rebellions and jihadist insurgencies. The Russian modus operandi has already been heavily documented. It is based on two main factors: information warfare and manipulation, and security services. Both aspects are subcontracted to…

Wagner Group slaughtered tens of civilians on CAR diamond and gold mining sites

Wagner Group slaughtered tens of civilians on CAR diamond and gold mining sites

Once more, Russia-linked mercenary group Wagner killed ten people, among which 3 women. The massacre took place in Gordill, in the North East of the Central African Republic, during the night of March 13 to 14. Tens of civilians are now scattered into the bush. Inhabitants of the neighbouring village Manou had to escape too….

Wagner Group, or how to cure plague with cancer
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Wagner Group, or how to cure plague with cancer

White supremacism, Nazi tattoos, mafia-style business model, accusations of rape and crimes on the edge of war crimes… Slowly but surely, the Russian PMC Wagner weaves its web across Africa. Beheadings, rapes, torture… While some African governments see in Wagner the one and only solution against insurgency or terrorism, the paramilitary company keeps showing its…

How Wagner uses propaganda movies to promote its image

How Wagner uses propaganda movies to promote its image

Wagner tries to whitewash its crimes with the release of propaganda movies. An analysis of “Tourist”, one of their most significant yet. Meduza – Original Article Propaganda movies are one of the vector used by Wagner to preserve its image. It is no stretch to say that Group Wagner suffers from a bad reputation. The…