Contents tagged with CAR

  • Russian mercenaries in Central African Republic accused of rape, torture and executions

    Radio France Internationale (RFI) published an investigation into the crimes of Russian "instructors" in the Central African Republic (CAR), which is based on the stories of dozens of witnesses and reports of human rights organizations.

    The main source of information in the article under the headline "In the Central African Republic, victims of Russian atrocities broke the law of silence" is the report of a special working group of the UN. It reports that between January and mid-April this …

  • Lavrov asks Central African Republic to speed up investigation into Russian journalists' deaths

    At a meeting with Foreign Minister of Central African (CAR) Republic Sylvie Baïpo-Temon during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov asked to speed up the investigation into the murder of three Russian journalists committed in July 2018.

    Lavrov also said that Russia is ready to help CAR to normalize the situation in the country.

    Russian journalists Orkhan Jemal, Alexander Rastorguev and Kirill Radchenko, were killed on July 30, 2018, close …

  • Russian Defense Ministry opens representative office in Central African Republic

    A representative office of the Russian Military Department is established under the Ministry of National Defense and Restructuring of the Army of the Central African Republic (CAR), as reported on the Kremlin’s website.

    The representative office, which consists of five people, will be financed by Russian side.

    Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to send a group of 30 Russian soldiers to Central Africa. Before that, he said that Russia is interested in cooperation with African …

  • Russia to deliver new batch of weapons to Central African Republic

    A second batch of weapons is scheduled to be delivered to the Central African Republic (CAR) over the next few weeks, Viktor Tokmakov, second secretary of the Russian embassy in the CAR, told the RBC news agency on 23 May.

    “We received authorization for the shipment already in January 2019, and now preparations are being made,” he said.

    The new shipment will be done “free of charge” and will include only firearms and ammunition, Tokmakov noted. The exact arrival date is not known.

    30 Russian …

  • Kremlin: Central African Republic interested in Russia's assistance with social and economic security

    The authorities of the Central African Republic have expressed interest in Russia’s assistance  with the country’s social and economic development and strengthening security, Russian Foreign Ministry wrote on Facebook.

    It is noted that the meeting of the Special Representative of Russian President for the Middle East and African countries, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and the President of the Central African Republic Faustin-Archange Touadéra took place on March 16 in Bangui, the …

  • Russian journalists in Central African Republic may have been killed by mercenaries from Donbas

    The people who killed the Russian documentary filmmakers Orkhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguev and Kirill Radchenko in the Central African Republic (CAR) last year may have flown in especially to do this from the part of the Donbas not controlled by Ukraine, and returned there after committing the murder. This theory was proposed by Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the Russian activist band Pussy Riot, who is carrying out his own investigation into the filmmakers’ deaths. 

    “The people who carried …

  • UN investigates possible Russian involvement in tortures of civilians in the Central African Republic

    The UN started investigating reports of tortures in the Central African Republic with the alleged participation of Russian citizens, stated United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) spokesperson Vladimir Monteiro.

    “We confirm that we are investigating the accusations of a person from Bambari that he was arrested and tortured by Russian citizens in January this year,” he said. He explained that the investigation is being carried …

  • US: Russia has 175 Wagner mercenaries in Central African Republic

    The US is concerned by Russia’s growing presence in African countries, said General Thomas Waldhauser, commander of the US Africa Command, during hearings of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    “In the Central African Republic (CAR), Russia has consolidated its influence through expanded military collaboration, including arms shipments, and in exchange it gains access to markets and mineral rights in the country,” the general said.

    Waldhauser also noted that the US has reason to believe …

  • Putin replaces Russian ambassador to Central African Republic

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree nominating Vladimir Titorenko as a new Russian ambassador in the Central African Republic (CAR).

    The previous ambassador, Sergei Lobanov has been relieved of his responsibilities. Lobanov was the Russian Ambassador in CAR from March 15th, 2011. Before that, he was the deputy director of the security department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also worked in the Russian embassies in India and Ghana.

    On January 10th, the CAR Minister of …

  • France: situation in Central African Republic should not be seen as competition with Russia

    The situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) should not be seen as a competition between Russia and France, but rather in the context of resolving the problems faced by the country’s residents, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told France 24 in an interview.

    “The only topic which should be of concern to those present in the CAR is the well-being of the inhabitants of the CAR, as well as the security and level of development of their country,” the minister explained.

    However, …