Yevgeny Prigozhin, leader of the Wagner mercenary group, was unexpectedly seen at the Russia-Africa summit in St. Petersburg. This appearance comes shortly after his mercenaries reportedly ended an insurrection against the Russian defence ministry. He was photographed at the summit with a supposed member of the Central African Republic’s delegation. The image, shared on Telegram, shows Prigozhin shaking hands with the diplomat.

Despite the recent upheaval caused by his troops, who temporarily seized a city in southern Russia and threatened Moscow, Prigozhin seems to have faced no repercussions. The situation was allegedly resolved under the mediation of Belarusian president, Alexander Lukashenko.

Currently, many Wagner troops are located in Belarus, aiding in the training of Belarusian army units. This has led to concerns that the troops could possibly launch an attack on Ukraine from the north or even Poland to the west.

Prigozhin’s attendance at a summit involving African leaders is consistent with the Wagner group’s significant activities in various African nations. The group often supports the Kremlin’s preferred African regimes by providing military training and security services, in exchange for access to resources and political influence. Wagner troops are also believed to operate in Niger, where a recent coup was executed.

Prigozhin’s public appearance follows his recent welcoming of his fighters to Belarus after their failed rebellion against the Russian government, as suggested by a video from the Tsel military base.

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