Omar al-Bashir, the brutal Sudanese dictator, is under house arrest. The military has taken over. Protesters demand democratic reform. The uprising – apparently the third successful one in the country’s history – began in December and came close to toppling al-Bashir in late January.

What about these guys (more links: 1, 2, 3)? Which side are they on? What’s their status now?

It’s worth noting that Moscow seems to only support incumbents nowadays – oppressive and repressive, as a rule. It’s a losing proposition: most will fall no matter what. In contrast, the Soviets – even in the 1980s when the regime was temperamentally un-revolutionary – often aided and trained insurgents, such as Sandinistas in Nicaragua and SWAPO’s armed units in Namibia.


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