WHAT NEXT FOR WAGNER GROUP AFTER YEVGENY PRIGOZHIN DEATH
The uncertain fate of the Wagner Group, a Russian mercenary operation, unfolds following the death of its leader
Following Yevgeny Prigozhin's demise, the future of the Wagner Group, a notorious Russian mercenary operation, is shrouded in uncertainty. There are lingering questions about whether Russian President Vladimir Putin can sustain Wagner's activities in Africa without Prigozhin's leadership. Will the military assume control, or might Wagner integrate with another Russian mercenary company led by a different oligarch?
Leaders in Central African Republic, Libya, Mali, and Sudan anxiously await clarity. The absence of Prigozhin, the mastermind behind Wagner's operations, has cast doubts on the group's continuity. Russian officials, notably Gen. Andrei V. Averyanov, are attempting to assert control, reaching out to key figures like Khalifa Haftar in Libya to ensure Russia's support persists.
In response to Prigozhin's death, Putin has mandated loyalty oaths, yet skepticism remains regarding Wagner troops' compliance, especially in the wake of their leader's abrupt passing. The African nations, once heavily reliant on Wagner's services, now face uncertainty amid this power vacuum. The continent is gradually realizing Russia's limited contributions in terms of investment, trade, and stability. Wagner's future hangs in the balance, marking a crucial juncture for Russia's endeavors in Africa.
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