An American’s Murky Path From Russian Propagandist to Jan. 6

Charles Bausman, a former financial executive who runs websites that promote far-right views, recorded footage in the Capitol for a Russian television producer. Soon after, he fled to Moscow as a “political refugee.”

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‘From Russia With Love’: A Putin Ally Mines Gold and Plays Favorites in Sudan

Backed by the Kremlin, the shadowy network known as the Wagner Group is getting rich in Sudan while helping the military to crush a democracy movement.

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How Russia’s Wagner Group Is Expanding in Africa

Best known for its mercenaries, the Wagner Group also mines diamonds, spreads disinformation and props up autocrats in an effort to grow Russia’s footprint.

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In Mali, a Massacre With a Russian Footprint

Civilian deaths have spiked in Mali since Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Group began operating alongside the military. In late March, hundreds were executed in the village of Moura.

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European Sanctions Target Putin’s Inner Circle

The list appears to have been compiled in coordination with American officials, who were drawing up their own set of sanctions.

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Russian Mercenaries Are Driving War Crimes in Africa, U.N. Says

An investigative report says that Russian operatives in the Central African Republic who had been billed as unarmed advisers are actually leading the fighting, including massacres of civilians.

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Putin Wants a Truce in Cyberspace — While Denying Russian Interference

With an eye to a possible Biden presidency, the Russian leader called for a “reboot” on information security but offered no concessions.

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Russia Freezes Navalny’s Assets as He Recovers From Poisoning

Aleksei A. Navalny was still in a medically induced coma in Berlin when a court in Russia froze his bank accounts and barred him from selling or mortgaging his apartment in Moscow.

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How Two Russians Got Caught Up in Libya’s War, Now an Action Movie

The Russians, who said they were doing sociology research, were jailed on charges of political meddling. It’s the latest tale of foreign intrigue in Libya.

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