Putin's Blood Gold Network & How Wagner Steals Billions From Africa For The Kremlin w/ David Clement

1h 4m | Jun 24, 2024

Your Heard Tell Show is turning down the noise of the news cycle and getting to the information we need to discern our times by going beyond the headlines of what Vladimir Putin and Russia are doing in the world and examining how they help fund everything from the invasion of Ukraine, destruction in Syria, power projection elsewhere, and more. Our friend David Clement returns to Heard Tell as one member of the team of experts that put together The Blood Gold Report: How the Kremlin is using Wagner to launder billions in African gold to talk the network of front companies, mercenaries, strongman regimes, friendly governments, and exploited African peoples that funnel billions of dollars from central Africa to the coffers of the Putin dictatorship. Providing background on what and where Wagner group came from, how the world didn't learn the lessons of Russia in Syria, and the spread of Russian influence and power in Africa gives a better perspective on the event in Russia, Ukraine, and elsewhere. Plus, David explains the usefulness and limits of sanctions, and other methods that might be used to deal with the Blood Gold issue economically, as a geo-political problem, and as the humanitarian disaster Russia is causing.

All that and more on this episode of Heard Tell.


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