Russian mercenaries ousted local PMCs from Mozambique

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Russian mercenaries ousted local PMCs from Mozambique

Russian mercenaries ousted local PMCs from Mozambique

This follows from the material of The Moscow Times

African private military companies are losing contracts from local contractors due to the Russian PMC Wagner, as Russian mercenaries are much cheaper, says The Moscow Times.

The publication cites the story of the head of the private military company OAM operating in Africa, John Gartner. According to him, he was approached by a Mozambican official with a request to help fight the Islamist insurgency in the north of the country. Gartner, he believes, provided a “first-class offer” but ended up losing the contract to PMC Wagner.

Dolph Dorling, the founder of Black Hawk PMC, lost another contract of the same Russian company..

At the same time, both Gartner and Dorling argue that PMC Wagner does not have political ties at such a high level as they do..

Russian mercenaries ousted local PMCs from Mozambique

The head of OAM also named the monthly earnings of the Wagnerites, referring to their representative, Yevgeny Shabanov. According to him, Russian mercenaries receive from 120 to 300 thousand rubles, which is more than five times lower than the salaries of OAM fighters. At the same time, Gartner noted that PMC Wagner has problems in Mozambique due to the low qualifications of the mercenaries.

The Mozambican newspaper Carta de Mocambique reported in October that at least six Wagnerians had been killed. In turn, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that there are no Russian military in this African country..

  • PMC Wagner is a Russian unofficial military unit that is not on the balance sheet of the military departments and in the register of legal entities, but whose fighters, according to investigative journalism, took part in military operations in Syria and eastern Ukraine. Also, “Wagnerians” guard government and industrial facilities in African countries, instruct and train local military.
  • Sponsor of PMC Wagner, the media call St. Petersburg businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, close to Vladimir Putin.
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