Despite the turning of the page on the “short rebellion” that Wagner’s commander, Yevgeny Prigozhin, opened a few days ago, by leaving for Belarus, many questions still surround the fate of the actions of that Russian military group in a number of countries outside Russia, especially in Africa.
Wagner is spread in several countries outside the borders, most of them in the brown continent, according to some Western intelligence reports, including in Libya, Sudan, the Central African Republic, Mali, Madagascar and Mozambique.
Map of Wagner’s influence in Africa
What is her fate?
What is Egypt about this expansion, after Prigozhin’s adventure that surprised the Kremlin last Saturday?
A number of observers agree that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s permission for Wagner fighters to go to Belarus indicates that the group will continue its operations in Africa and other parts of the world.
They believe that Wagner will continue to implement its security contracts in those countries in return for benefiting from some privileges in the field of natural resources and minerals.
Wagner (Associated Press)
Especially since Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed yesterday, Monday, that Wagner’s “trainers” are staying in Mali and the Central African Republic.
The future of that special group, which includes thousands of fighters, who were taken out of Russian prisons, with the aim of recruiting them, does not seem to have ended yet.
Belarus entered with its weapons
The prominent Russian military blogger Mikhail Zvinchuk, who is active under Rybar’s account on Telegram, confirmed yesterday evening, Monday, that Wagner units entered Belarus with their weapons and military equipment, according to the “Washington Post”.
What some saw as a sign of the possibility of its fighters continuing to be involved in the battles in Ukraine. While other analysts saw that its role on Ukrainian soil has ended, especially as a special group fighting outside the authority of the Ministry of Defense and the Russian army.
It is noteworthy that the commander of Wagner announced last Saturday an armed rebellion against the army, and entered his forces into Rostov in the Russian south, threatening to move towards the capital, Moscow.
However, he quickly backed down after 24 hours, and left with the mediation of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to Minsk.
While the Russian president chose the group’s members between signing contracts with the Russian army, leaving for Belarus, or even returning to their homes.