an investigation opened after the parcel bomb attack against a Russian representative

an investigation opened after the parcel bomb attack against a Russian representative

After a parcel bomb attack against a Russian representative, an investigation was opened, announced the Central African Republic.

The government denounces, in a press release, the terrorist attack and evokes “a vast campaign to destabilize the country” by “enemies of the Central African people”without naming them.

The explosion occurred on December 16 and targeted Dmitri Syty, the “Head of the Russian House”a cultural center based in Bangui.

The man was immediately hospitalized for “serious injury” said the Russian embassy in the Central African Republic. He is still in a state “stable and serious” December 18.

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A country under growing Russian influence

The Central African Republic, a country affected by a civil war since 2013, is at the heart of Russia’s strategy of influence on the African continent. A cultural influence, but also a military one, with the presence, for several years, of the Wagner militias.

This Russian strategy notably precipitated the decline of the presence of France, a former colonial power, in the country.

During the summer of 2021, the French general staff decided to withdraw its troops based in the Central African Republic. The last soldiers left the territory on December 15, the day before the attack.

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France accused by Wagner

In this context of war of influence, the leader of the Wagner group and wealthy Russian businessman, Evguéni Prigojine, accused France of being behind the parcel bomb attack.

On Telegram, he notably claimed that the package was accompanied by a note on which was written: “It’s for you, on behalf of all the French, the Russians will leave Africa”.
However, no proof of the existence of this note has been given.

This information is false and it is even a good example of Russian propagandaCatherine Colonna, French Minister for Foreign Affairs

The accusations were immediately denied by the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, on a trip to Rabat. The head of French diplomacy denounced these statements: “This information is false and it is even a good example of Russian propaganda”.

This is not the first time that Russia and France have been at the heart of an information battle.

When French troops left Mali in April 2022, a fake mass grave was massively shared by pro-Russian accounts on social networks. In response, France declassified drone footage showing soldiers wearing Wagner uniforms piling up bodies.

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