Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the infamous Wagner Group mercenaries, was recently spotted in St. Petersburg. Prigozhin resurfaces as a participant in the high-profile summit between African and Russian leaders. Prigozhin’s presence highlights the Wagner Group’s strong influence on the African continent. And indicates that President Putin may have forgiven Prigozhin for his recent mutiny.
This marks the Wagner boss’s first public appearance in Russia since marching on Moscow and leading a brief mutiny last month.
Wagner Group’s Presence in Africa and the Middle East
The Wagner Group has been actively operating in the Central African Republic (CAR), where recent reports suggest that hundreds of Wagner troops have entered the country.
There has been a contentious political debate over the incumbent President Faustin-Archange Touadéra’s eligibility for re-election.
The Wagner Group has been an active presence in Africa and the Middle East for a significant part of the past decade. The current status of its troops remains uncertain following the Prigozhin-led mutiny in late June.