Russia: Who’s who in President Vladimir Putin’s Africa Team?

By Mathieu Olivier
Posted on Monday, 28 March 2022 10:30, updated on Friday, 18 November 2022 12:54

Although the war in Ukraine has drawn the wrath of the West, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has a different image on the continent. The Kremlin's African diplomacy is crafted by various communication experts, securocrats and oligarchs.

At the head of Russia since 31 December 1999 – including a three-year interlude as prime minister – Vladimir Putin has made Africa one of the pillars of the Kremlin’s international strategy in recent years. By playing on anti-Western rhetoric, the President has managed to resurrect Soviet imperialist ambitions and undermine the former colonial powers, notably France, on the continent.