Russia and Russian Wagner mercenaries are stealing gold from Sudan to finance war efforts in Ukraine. Information from the Central Bank indicated that 32.7 tons, maybe more, of gold was unaccounted for in 2021. In the last half year, at least 16 Russian smuggling flights have left the country with gold.
KHARTOUM SEPTEMBER 6: Russia and Russian Wagner mercenaries are smuggling gold from Sudan to finance war efforts in Ukraine. Tons of gold, worth billions of dollars, are being smuggled out of the country, according to the local Mujo Press. In the last half year, at least 16 Russian smuggling flights have been made of the country. Some of the flights were destined for Latakia, Syria, where Russia has a major airbase.
The CNN report did not reveal anything new. The gold thefts from Sudan are common knowledge among all Sudanese. Finance Minister Gibril Ibrahim estimated in 2021 that only 20% of Sudan’s gold output went through official channels. Information from the Central Bank indicated that 32.7 tons of gold was unaccounted for in 2021.
Following a meeting between Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Russian leader Vladimir Putin in 2017, the Russian-Sudanese corporation Meroe Gold was formed. An anti-corruption committee formed after the Sudanese Revolution alleged in September 2021 that members of the Sudanese military had colluded with a Russian gold smuggling operation through the front company al-Solag.
The anti-corruption committee was disbanded following the Sudanese military coup d’état in October 2021. Reports in 2022 linked Meroe Gold to the Wagner Group, a Russian paramilitary organisation.