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 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…

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…