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Wagner Group Steps Up Pro-Russian Influence Operations Outside Ukraine, US Intelligence Warns

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Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the Wagner group, is touted as a potential successor to Putin.

SOPA/LightRocket images via Gett

Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the Wagner group, is touted as a potential successor to Putin.

SOPA/LightRocket images via Gett

After U.S. intelligence agencies revealed growing concern in December that, especially in eastern Ukraine, the Russian army was already predominantly made up of soldiers in the pay of the Wagner Group, here are the news reports of the paramilitary organization’s intensifying operations elsewhere, and namely in other European countries and on the African continent.

A group founded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, who was touted as a potential successor to Putin and recently caught on video, has been recruiting prisoners in Russian prisons to fight in a war in a neighboring country, according to Politico, which this Monday cited U.S. intelligence documents and reports, is conducting a series of ongoing influence operations in countries such as Serbia, Belarus, the Central African Republic and Mali.

“He wants power and influence.” Could the leader of the Wagner group become his successor if Putin fell out of sight?

Source: Observador

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