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Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Faustin Archange Touadera, president of the Central African Republic, in St. Petersburg last year. On the ground in the CAR, Moscow has pursued a quieter approach

Russia in Africa: the ‘covert action’ strategy

While China has received much attention for its diplomatic and economic efforts in Africa, Russia has been quietly seeking a foothold in the Central African Republic. Years of chaos and a violent civil war have set the stage for Russia’s entrance in the country, where it is now plying security expertise and pursuing investments in the mining sector. Russia’s discreet, low-stakes approach may help ensure its success.

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