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Jan 13 5 tweets 2 min read
The Foundation for Defense of National Values - sanctioned by Treasury for its role in US election interference - has published the results of its recent polling in #Mali.

FZNC sent Maksim Shugalei to Mali late last year.
They claim that their 4,300 respondents generally feel more positively about the direction of the country since June of last year
They also report negative views of MINUSMA and French contingents in Mali
… and very positive attitudes towards Putin.
They also claim to have observed substantial increase in popular support for Assimi Goita - given their past activity, this is more valuable in telling us FZNC’s and it’s Russian patrons preferences

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Jun 5
Our team @C4ADS unmasked new details regarding Russia’s Wagner Group in Sudan, their activities and the scale of their operation - from gold mining to their relationship with the Rapid Support Forces. 1/

nytimes.com/2022/06/05/wor…
We worked with @declanwalsh to corroborate documentation collected by @dossier_center, and findings from Sudanese anticorruption officials. These show the history of Wagner Group-related mining and commercial activity over the last five years in Sudan.

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Wagner Group network mining activity in Sudan has scaled and professionalized since its humble beginnings. They have learned to better hide their activities by relying further on the Russian military for logistics.

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Jun 2
US Treasury hits Russian elites, luxury assets, and facilitators in new round of designations today. Short thread

home.treasury.gov/news/press-rel…
Measures against a central facilitation network for Russian elite yacht ownership were foreshadowed by the great recent NYT story by @PekingMike @gaia_pianigiani @julianbarnes nytimes.com/2022/06/01/wor…
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Apr 21
Rosgvardia Spetsnaz in Kherson sporting “ISIS Hunters” patch. This doesn’t = Wagner as some in replies suggest, but is interesting in terms of symbols and culture in Russian mil.
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This is interesting to me as a symbol that a member of Rosgvardia Spetsnaz would choose to sport alongside their ribbons of St George, Zs, etc.
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Today, Putin signed an order awarding the 64th Motor Rifle Brigade “gvardeyskiy” (Guard) honorary status for “heroism, fortitude, and courage.”

Ukrainian intelligence claims that this unit was involved in mass killings and torture in Bucha. ImageImageImage
Statement from Ukrainian GUR: facebook.com/10006904288584…
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Some further images of Task Force Rusich, when a member of Ruskiy Styag, a national socialist band, paid a visit to their team.
He also conducted an interview with a member of Rusich, call sign Topaz.
The Russian nationalist paramilitaries are pretty much who you would expect.
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