“When anti-government protests erupted in Sudan at the end of last year,” CNN reports, Omar al-Bashir responded as dictators do – by suppressing the mass protests, causing “scores of civilian deaths.”
At the same time, a more insidious strategy was being developed — one that involved spreading misinformation on social media, blaming Israel for fomenting the unrest, and even carrying out public executions to make an example of “looters.”
…[I]t was drawn up by a Russian company tied to an oligarch favored by the Kremlin: Yevgeny Prigozhin.
It’s taken from Putin’s playbook, viewed retrospectively, with a few extras reflecting either the authors’ repressed desires or their conviction that one has to act tough with those Africans – or both.
Bashir’s government did try to begin implementing some of M-Invest’s plans.
For example, it began detaining students from the Darfur region and accused them of trying to foment civil war… Russian advisers from a private company were placed in several ministries and the National Intelligence Service.
More details are available, in Russian, at the MBK Media site. As a reminder, Omar al-Bashir is under arrest at the moment, in jail, accused of corruption. Well done.