Minerals, Militias and Mercenaries: Putin’s Stake in the Central African Republic

By Hannah Pedone During the 2019 Russia-Africa Summit held in Sochi, President Vladmir Putin claimed that Russia was “ready, not to repartition the continent’s wealth, but to compete to cooperate with Africa.”  He asserted, “[We] absolutely reject any sort of geopolitical games involving Africa.”   Since 2016, when the French receded from the Central African Republic…