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Why the Wagner Group won’t leave Africa

By John A. Lechner and Marat Gabidullin

08 Aug 2023 · 9 min read

informed Summary

  1. The Wagner Group mercenary outfit is a reflection of the system built by Russian President Vladimir Putin and is likely to remain a key player in Russia's foreign policy, argue John A. Lechner and Marat Gabidullin in FP. The group's recent relocation to Belarus is just its latest iteration.

Much ink has been spilled on what the Wagner Group’s June 23 mutiny means for the mercenary outfit.

One of us is a former Wagner Group commander, and based on experience and a look at Wagner’s past, it’s clear that it’s here to stay.

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