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Russia ‘tries to woo’white South African farmers amid land seizures in their homeland


Russian authorities are encouraging farmers from South Africa to move abroad in the hope of boosting the country’s agricultural industry.

This follows the announcement from the council for the city of Ekurhuleni to seize acres of land from private owners to build housing.

This summer South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he wanted to change the country’s constitution to allow expropriations, a move which received widespread condemnation throughout the country.

Russian authorities are wooing South Africans to move abroad in the hope of boosting the country's agricultural industry following President Cyril Ramaphosa (above) expropriation laws

Russian authorities are wooing South Africans to move abroad in the hope of boosting the country’s agricultural industry following President Cyril Ramaphosa (above) expropriation laws

Putin's government has already removed the tourist visa requirements for South Africans enabling them buy potential homes

Putin's government has already removed the tourist visa requirements for South Africans enabling them buy potential homes

Putin’s government has already removed the tourist visa requirements for South…

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Russia to send more military trainers, equipment to Central African Republic


MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Friday it planned to send additional military equipment to Central African Republic (CAR) and deploy 60 more instructors to train the country’s armed forces, escalating its most significant military foray in Africa in decades.

Russia donated hundreds of weapons and sent 175 trainers to CAR earlier this year to bolster the government’s fight against militia groups after receiving an exemption from a United Nations arms embargo.

According to diplomatic and security sources, many of the Russians in CAR are private security contractors and their remit has expanded into mediating negotiations among armed groups, securing mining projects and advising CAR’s president.

Russia’s activities in CAR are part of a wider push to re-establish influence in sub-Saharan…

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What does Russia want in Central Africa?


European leaders this week agreed to step up their peacekeeping efforts in the Central African Republican (CAR) amid growing concern about Russia’s role in the country’s bloody civil war.

Thousands of people are believed to have been killed in the three-way conflict between government forces, extremist Christian militia and Islamist insurgents, which began in 2012. The African nation is “one of several fragile states in the middle of the continent destabilised in part by weapons and fighters that spilled out of Libya after the 2011 overthrow of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi”, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports.

The republic’s UN-backed government currently controls just a third of the country’s total area, and is struggling to maintain order in the capital, Bangui, Foreign Policy…

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EU to Boost Support for Central African Republic as Russia Expands Its Role


European foreign ministers agreed Monday to expand the bloc’s support for security and armed forces in the Central African Republic, part of an effort to counter what diplomats fear is a growing Russian role there.

European diplomats have voiced concerns in recent weeks about Russian activity in the country, with some saying Moscow could be seeking a foothold in the region where European countries, especially France, have historical links.

Since 2012, the Central African Republic has been locked in a bloody civil war that has taken increasingly religious dimensions. The country, which has a significant Muslim minority, is a former French colony.

Central African Republic is one of several fragile states in the middle of the continent…

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African Union Encourages Russia to Participate in CAR’s Future Peace Conference


UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik), Anastasia Levchenko – Two African states, Central African Republic and Libya, have been in turmoil, thus, it is necessary to take stabilization and reconstruction measures. The commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union told Sputnik how Russia could assist CAR and what steps the AU plan to take on Libya.

The African Union welcomed Russia’s possible participation in the future reconciliation conference in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the post-crisis stabilization process as a whole, which would all become a reality once the government responded to the opposition’s demands, Smail Chergui, the commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union, told Sputnik in an interview.

“[Russia] can also join us and make sure that this next…

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Why is Russia wooing South Africa’s white farmers?


Leon du Toit slowly inhales the late summer breeze off fields belonging to a dairy farm not far from Moscow.

“Smells just like home,” the 72-year-old South African said.

That’s just what one Russian political figure hopes to hear.

He is leading something of a charm offensive in South Africa with a very particular goal: hoping to lure white South Africans to move almost 13,000km (8,000 miles) away to rural Russia.

The selling points are abundant farmland, relative safety and a country that holds tight to traditional Christian values.

What is not said – but clearly understood – is how this fits neatly into the identity politics of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The West may view Putin largely as a strategic and military adversary. Yet inside Russia, much of his support grows from…

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