The Wagner wars: Malian edition

By Benjamin Roger, Benjamin Roger
Posted on Friday, 6 January 2023 15:55, updated on Sunday, 8 January 2023 13:38

Three Russian mercenaries in central Mali © AP/SIPA

One year on from the arrival of Russian private mercenaries in Bamako, we investigate their role in the heart of Mali’s domestic security activities.

A little over one year ago, on 23 December 2021, Canada, along with several EU countries, issued a joint statement strongly condemning the deployment of mercenaries by the Wagner Group in Mali, a first of its kind in modern times.