Why Russia’s influence is spreading in the Central African Republic
Fighting has displaced hundreds of thousands of people in the Central African Republic where a UN peacekeeping mission has been deployed since 2014.
It’s against this background that the authorities of the landlocked African country have strengthened their relationship with Moscow.
There are Russian-themed festivals taking place on the streets of the capital Bangui.
British journalist Jack Losh has told BBC Newsday that “Russia is making ground in C.A.R schools,’ describing his recent trip to the country.
Listen to his interview on BBC Newsday.
(Picture: The Russian flag overlooks the Miss Central African Republic 2018 contestants at Bangui National Stadium in December 2018. Credit: Florent Vergnes/AFP/Getty Images)
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