Author: Francis Karugu

Francis Karugu is a Global Justice Fellow at Yale and a development specialist based in Kenya who has written more than 100 articles on politics, economics, and development in Africa.

Examining the Kremlin’s Unholy Alliances with Murderous African Despots   As Vladimir Putin wages war in Ukraine, little attention is being paid to how he has long waged a quiet campaign to win the hearts of African strongmen. Over the last decade, Russia’s involvement in Africa largely escaped world attention as the world focused more on ISIS in Iraq and Syria and the Taliban in Afghanistan.  As a result, Russia stealthily cemented ties with many African countries during this period, including Togo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Uganda, and the Central Africa Republic. The two dictators spoke like economic sanctions are…

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