There is credible evidence that Russia’s private military Wagner Group has participated in atrocities in Mali and other African countries.
Human Rights Watch and the United Nations mission in Mali exposed evidence of atrocities by Malian troops and Russian mercenaries.
Russia has engaged in numerous offensive military operations against its neighbors and others. Now, it’s rolling troops into Ukraine.
The arrests are political. Military rulers are going after critics and opponents.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Mali negotiated with a Russian mercenary company but denied that Russia’s army or government was involved.
Mali’s ruling military junta reneged on promised elections, and now looks to blame anonymous outsiders.
Since Sisi took power in Egypt, military-owned companies have been encroaching on the civilian economy.
News reports say the Sundanese security forces killed 14 people and injured more than 300 in a crackdown on demonstrations against October’s military coup.
Call it a coup or not, the Sudanese army took power by force in violation of a 2019 agreement with Sudan’s pro-democracy movement.
Russia’s Wagner Group of mercenary soldiers has long-established ties to the Russian military and is essentially a proxy.
Attacks on civilians and mass abductions for ransom have spread to parts of Nigeria other than Boko Haram’s traditional territory.
Ahead of elections, Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega has jailed opponents and raided newspapers. Now, he’s targeted outside democracy and humanitarian groups.