At present, the Russian mercenaries in Africa are not only engaged in training the local military and security of a number of high-ranking officials, but are also trying to increase their influence in other ways. In particular, the Wagner PMC has begun to create subsidiaries, operating in the countries where they operate under local laws. Through these companies, the mercenaries are supplied with weapons and other technical means. In addition, through these companies the Wagner PMC gets access to natural resources in African countries, including minerals.
As follows from the map, Russian mercenaries are now present in one capacity or another in such African countries as Libya, Mali, Rwanda, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho, Botswana, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Madagascar.
In late September, it became known that the authorities of Mali turned to the Russian PMCs for assistance in combating terrorists. It was not specified, which PMC was addressed by the republic's authorities.
In September 2020, the U.S. Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) disclosed a chronology of the spread of Russian PMCs in the world since 2014. Then it was reported about the presence of Russian mercenaries in such African countries as Senegal, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Botswana, Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and the Republic of Congo.