The number of “instructors” in Bangui has increased. They particularly participated in the counteroffensive against armed groups, which disrupted the presidential election on December 27.
Unfamiliar customers looking for souvenirs flock to the Bangui handicraft market. Some tired people wore a scarf that completely covered their faces. They did not wear any badges. There is no logo on the pickup truck without a number plate and equipped with a heavy 14.5mm machine gun.
If they are still cautious, then the famous Russian “instructors” are still recognized on the streets of the Central African capital. Many observers associate it with Wagner, a Russian private military company operating in Syria, Sudan, and Libya, and activities with Russian dictator Yevgeny Prigojine closely related.
They entered the country in early 2018. The official number is 535, but diplomatic and military sources remind people of 1,700. “Russian Mercenary”, Part of which provides security for President Faustin-Archange Touadéra.
In recent months, their presence in Bangui has increased. Together with the Central African Armed Forces (FACA), they participated in the counter-offensive of the Coalition Against Patriots for Change (CPC), a new coalition of armed groups that greatly undermined the president on December 27, 2020 by controlling the coalition. general election. The main cities of the country.
“The task of the instructor is to train the managers of the Central African Armed Forces”Only to confirm the Russian ambassador Vladimir Titorenko (Fladimir Titorenko), which means these people will not fight. President Tuadra’s very influential internal security adviser, Valéry Zakharov, also reiterated this theme.But, for many people, this persistence “lecturer” For non-combatants, the primary purpose is to avoid any pursuit in the presence of glitches.
On the ground, the two sides have committed countless atrocities against civilians in their battle with the Chinese Communist Party. Human Rights Section The United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (Minusca) pointed out that 85% of the abuse was attributed to armed groups, but “State Agents and Allies” It is said that civilians, tortured and ill-treated people were arbitrarily killed, and they were arbitrarily arrested.
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