Moscow’s Mercenary Wars: the Expansion of Russian Private Military Companies by Center for Strategic and International Studies

This visual report examines Russia’s growing use of private military companies (PMCs) to increase its influence through irregular means. In recent years, Moscow has expanded its overseas use of PMCs to countries such as Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Sudan, the Central African Republic, Madagascar, and Mozambique. Many of the PMCs operating in these countries, such as the Wagner Group, frequently cooperate with the Russian government and perform a variety of combat, paramilitary, security, and intelligence tasks. With operations suspected or proven in as many as 30 countries across 4 continents and an increasingly refined and adaptable operational model, PMCs are likely to play a significant role in Russian strategic competition for the foreseeable future.

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    Research - Brian Kats, Seth G. Jones, Catrina Doxsee, Nicholas Harrington / CSIS Transnational Threats Project Produced by - Chris Burns, Paul Franz, Matthew P. Funaiole, Christina Hamm, Tucker Harris, Jacque Schrag, William Taylor, Lindsay Urchyk Satellite imagery analysis - Joseph Bermudez, James Suber, Grace Hwang, Bonny Lee, Seongeun Lee
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