Secret Russian forces are training in Africa, which has United States officials very concerned.
Reports reveal that a Russian oligarch has decided to fund mercenaries to train locals so the Russians can get access to local bounty of gold and diamonds in Africa.
Secret, Not Secret
The fact that Russia is training locals in warfare tactics is not exactly a secret. The training itself has been sanctioned by the United Nations.
However, what the Russians are really doing there is far from what the U.N. has approved. The Russians training the locals are not normal military, either.
They are actually mercenaries under the employ of Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian oligarch with very close ties to Vladimir Putin.
He also happens to be one of the Russians sanctioned for meddling in the 2016 presidential election in the United States.
The training missions by the Russians appear to be nothing more than a smokescreen for the real purpose.
Several journalists have allegedly been murdered by Russians in Africa for sticking their nose in where it did not belong.
Others found themselves being followed by a car of Russians they believed to have been associated with the mercenary training operation.
The reason for the secrecy seems to be quite clear. Russia wants the natural resources of the area, which are gold and diamonds.
Fearful for their lives, the camera crew documenting the situation left the area the following day, not wanting to end up like its predecessors.
This would seem to be a clear effort by modern Russia to mimic the presence of the old Soviet Union throughout the world, something that is a massive concern for the United States and its allies.