Investigation: How Russia’s Wagner Group Steals Sudan’s Gold


The war in Ukraine is costing Vladimir Putin dearly. Russia now relies on Sudanese gold. Russian Wagner Group mines gold in Sudan without paying anything for it. They just need to keep Al-Burhan and Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo in power.

KHARTOUM NOVEMBER 6: The war in Ukraine is costing Vladimir Putin dearly. And to finance it, Russia now relies on Sudanese gold.

Documents recovered and authenticated by “Le Monde” in partnership with the OCCRP, as well as customs declarations between Russia and Sudan, show how the men of Wagner, a paramilitary group close to Vladimir Putin, settled in the country. They also reveal the high level of collusion between Russian mercenaries and part of the Sudanese political and military power.

The Wagner Group also known as PMC Wagner, ChVK Wagner or CHVK Vagner, is a Russian paramilitary organization. It is variously described as a private military company (PMC), a network of mercenaries, or a de facto private army of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The group operates beyond the law because private military contractors are officially forbidden in Russia. While the Wagner Group itself is not ideologically driven, various elements of Wagner have been linked to neo-Nazis and far-right extremists.[

The goal? Take advantage of the gold resources of the country, the third largest producer in Africa, without paying any percentage to Sudan as required by law. In exchange, Russia, via Wagner, provides the Sudanese authorities with law enforcement equipment and men for the training of its soldiers.

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