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Russia’s Wagner mercenaries uncertain after leader’s presumed death

The Wagner Group’s global presence stretches from Syria’s ancient battlegrounds to sub-Saharan Africa’s deserts, projecting Kremlin influence through mercenaries known for using brutal force and profiting from seized resources.

Under Yevgeny Prigozhin’s leadership, their activities included a rebellion against Russian President Vladimir Putin. A private jet carrying Prigozhin recently crashed, sparking speculation about his demise.

Africa, vital to Russia economically and politically, saw Wagner’s involvement in security and power consolidation.

The future of this private army is uncertain, with prospects of new leadership. The Kremlin seeks to rally Wagner fighters to the state, denying rumors of assassination.

Wagner’s actions in Africa draw criticism and destabilization concerns. Amid dynamics and potential replacements, the group’s future role in African affairs remains uncertain.

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