July 21, 2024

Imposing Sanctions on Entities Supporting Russia’s Malign Activities in Africa

Imposing Sanctions on Entities Supporting Russia’s Malign Activities in Africa

The United States is today designating two entities based in the Central African Republic (CAR) for their efforts in supporting destabilizing activities by the Kremlin-backed Wagner Group in Africa.  Mining Industries SARLU and Logistique Economique Etrangere SARLU have played a vital role in enabling Wagner Group security operations and illicit mining endeavors in CAR.

Russia’s Wagner Group has committed widespread human rights abuses and appropriated natural resources across multiple countries in Africa.  A proxy military force of the Kremlin, the Wagner Group has carried out combat operations around the world, including in Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine.

Today’s action reflects our continued efforts to counter the Wagner Group’s damaging and destabilizing presence in Africa.  The United States remains committed to deterring and disrupting Russia’s destabilizing activities.

The United States has taken previous action against several Wagner Group-linked companies in CAR, including Lobaye InvestMidas Ressources SARLU, and Bois Rouge SARLU, now known as Wood International Group SARLU.  Today’s Treasury action was taken pursuant to Executive Order 14024, as amended.  For more information on today’s action, see Treasury’s press release .

Official news published at https://www.state.gov/imposing-sanctions-on-entities-supporting-russias-malign-activities-in-africa/