The Russian mercenary Wagner group trades diamonds worldwide through a company based in the Central African Republic, according to an investigation conducted by the Belgian daily newspaper “De Standaard”. The report stressed that one of the recipient countries of the diamonds was Belgium.
The Wagner group, accused of war crimes including murder and rape in war zones around the world, is involved in the diamond trade. The Belgian newspaper’s reporters concluded this in cooperation with the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC), an investigative journalism project.
The economic activities of the Russian mercenaries are not very well known, however, they are quite extensive and include, among other things, the sale of precious stones from Africa, the daily noted.
The Wagner group – suspected of committing war crimes in Ukraine – is believed to play a major role in the multi-million euro export of diamonds to Belgium. https://t.co/Pej1BMVN9M— The Brussels Times (@BrusselsTimes) December 2, 2022
Much of the trade remains underground: most of the diamonds are smuggled through neighbouring Cameroon and Sudan, but some also pass through official channels, with export permits, De Standaard states.