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The Daily BeastAug 08, 2020
Russia Looks to Africa to Extend Its Military Might
OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP via Getty ImagesMOSCOW—From Russia's cyber-meddling in the U.S. presidential elections to its alleged hacking of coronavirus research, it's clear the Kremlin is keen to undermine the democratic West. And it's now looking to a new front to extend its hard and soft power and prop up fellow authoritarian regimes: the continent of Africa.

Last week, the German newspaper Bild raised alarms about Russia's growing influence in Africa, citing a classified German Foreign Ministry report that Russia has concluded agreements with six African nations to install military bases abroad, including in Egypt and Sudan.

A private pro-Kremlin Russian newspaper, seeming to offer an unofficial answer, called the report false and countered that the West is merely jealous of warming trade ties.  

Read more at The Daily Beast.


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