Wagner private military contractors spotted at protests in Sudan

Wagner private military contractors spotted at protests in Sudan
Wagner private military contractors in the streets of Khartum Photo: Thetimes.co.uk

According to Times, they take part in the crackdown of antigovernmental rallies.

Russia’s Wagner private military contractors take part in the crackdown of antigovernmental rallies in Sudan, reports Times. According to the newspaper, the Russian-speaking military officers were spotted in the streets of Khartum. The contractors are allegedly carrying out their strategic and practical trainings for the intelligence service and other agencies of Sudan, the newspaper reports with reference to the country’s opposition.

The fact that the Russian military officers are in the city is proved by the photos showing white men in camouflage cruising in Russian vehicles.

Times reports that Sudan’s leader - the military dictator Omar Bashir - has come up with the major rallies for the whole period of his rule. The antigovernmental rallies have been hold in many cities in the country. Bashir had earlier stated he wouldn’t let the things that had happened in other countries in Africa happen in Sudan. Western diplomats have already expressed their indignation as to the violent break-up of the peaceful demonstrations, reports the newspaper. Political scientists believe Bashir - just like the leader of Syria Bashar al-Assad - would rather let the civil war be launched, than stand down - for fear of the Hague Tribunal.

In summer, 2018, The Bell reported about the presence of the Wagner PMC in Sudan. It was reported then that the company’s representatives arrived in the country for the training of military government units, as well as for protection of deposits of gold: M invest company - that is being tied to a businessman Evgeny Prigozhin - had received authorization on their exploitation. Prigozhin is also considered the Wagner’s owner.

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