Russia Leans on Mercenary Forces to Regain Global Clout

Campaigns in Africa and the Middle East involve private security contractors and business interests with ties to Kremlin

In October, dozens of armed Russian mercenaries fanned out across two Libyan oil ports. Brought in by a renegade Libyan general, they helped rebel forces wrest control of the oil-rich region from the Libyan government.
After the fighting ended, a delegation of mining and oil executives from former Soviet states arrived seeking business with the rebels who now controlled the ports, Libyan immigration records show.

Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/russia-leans-on-mercenary-forces-to-regain-global-clout-11582482577

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