Kimberly Marten: "Into Africa: Prigozhin, Wagner, and the Russian Military"

Monday, January 7, 2019

Kimberly Marten, Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department, Barnard College, published a PONARS Eurasia policy memo about the activities of Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, and his informal armed Wagner Group, in Africa.

"Yevgeny Prigozhin, the corrupt military contractor from St. Petersburg who funds the informal armed organization known as the Wagner Group, expanded his lucrative foreign adventures into Africa in 2018 with Russian state support. His fortunes continued to rise even after scores of his fighters were killed and wounded by a United States air strike in eastern Syria.

This memo presents (though in-text links) the most reliable evidence currently available from original Russian, French, and local African media sources about Prigozhin’s and Wagner’s 2018 activities, and analyzes the odd relationship between Prigozhin and the Russian military. It concludes that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have arranged the collaboration of the Russian military in Prigozhin’s corrupt deals in Africa in order to mend a dispute within the Kremlin elite." Read more on PONARS Eurasia.