'Putin's chef' Prigozhin to mine gold in Sudan

'Putin's chef' Prigozhin to mine gold in Sudan
Yevgeny Prigozhin

The agreement on obtaining several concessions for exploration and production of gold in this country was signed about six months ago but its details are disclosed only now.

The company, associated with businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, is now engaged in the quest for gold in Sudan. As it became known to The Bell, an unknown company M Invest signed an agreement to obtain a concession for several sites for exploration and production of gold in this country. This happened in November 2017 after the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

Sources familiar with the negotiations state that the M Invest firm is aligned with businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin. A division of this company called Meroe Gold has already fallen on mineral exploration in Sudan. About 50 geologists and other specialists are already working on the site.

It is noted that the reconnaissance is conducted in five sectors. The volume of production is unknown. As of 2016, Sudan was the third largest producer of gold in Africa with a production volume of over 90 tons per year.

Sources say that the mercenaries of the PMC Wagner, which is also associated with Prigozhin, depart along with geologists. According to The Bell, the number of militants exceeds a hundred.

Tags: Government


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