Het dit ‘n rol gespeel – of nie – die tyd gaan ons vorentoe beslis aan ons basse voel as die ANC en EFF hul grondwet wysig om grond, bates en eiendomme te vat sonder vergoeding. MINERALE is die grootste aantrekkingskrag, en ongelukkig sit ons mense daarop. Wie gaan regtig baat by alles? Nie die armes nie en die middelman wat al vir jare “doodwurg” om ‘n bestaan te voer, gaan ook opeindig waar hulle nie wil wees nie, sou dit die waarheid wees. BRICS .. Commonwealth ! Hoe groot is die rol en finansies wat hier ingepomp word en as daar na al die misdaad en moorde gekyk word is dit nog meer as voor 1994. Immigrante word in miljoene ingevoer, maar wie vermoor wie in die land?
Volgens die DA en artikels wat hulle geplaas het, speel die Russe ‘n groot rol in Afrika, maar veral in Suid-Afrika. Wie kan dan vergeet oor al die “ooreenkomste” wat Zuma en sy kabinet aangegaan het – en is dit ooit werklik gekanselleer?
Met partye wie se stemme nie getel is nie, is dit ooglopend dat dit geen demokrasie is nie, maar sedert 1994 reeds ‘n kommunistiese regering. Lees op wie al die befondsings doen. Dit sluit ook vir die DA hierby in.
In 2006, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted a dinner for President George W. Bush and other world leaders in St. Petersburg, Russia. In a photo, the man standing behind them is the caterer, wearing a tux and a white bow tie.
His name is Yevgeny Prigozhin.
His nickname is “Putin’s chef.” So what’s the big deal about him?
“He epitomizes a real renaissance man in contemporary Russia, which is to say that he runs some very high-end restaurants,” said Angela Stent, the head of Russian Studies at Georgetown University and author of the forthcoming book Putin’s World.
Interesting. But what else does he do?
“He was the one running this Internet Research Agency, this troll factory in St. Petersburg that managed to mobilize thousands of Americans from 5,000 miles away to demonstrate and protest in the 2016 election,” said Stent.
“He also runs Wagner, one of the largest mercenary private military groups in Russia,” she added. “His troops are in Syria, they’re in Ukraine, they’re in a number of other places, where they are fighting in the Russian state’s interest.”
So he’s got a lot cooking.
Tracking the key figures around Putin, and how they fit into the Russia investigation in this country, can be confusing.
Yet Prigozhin’s name is worth knowing. He’s burly and bald, at age 57. And while his name keeps cropping up, he’s largely invisible — even in Russia.
“He doesn’t have much of a public persona in Russia. Until very recently he was virtually unknown,” said Dimitri Simes, who heads the Center for the National Interest, a think tank in Washington, D.C. “This is not a person who speaks at important political or business meetings. This is not a person who regularly appears on TV.”
So where did Prigozhin come from?
He spent most of his 20s in prison on robbery, fraud and prostitution convictions. In the 1990s, he rebuilt his life with hotdog stands, which evolved into a catering business in St. Petersburg, Putin’s hometown.
“He proceeded to get a big break catering high-profile events, one with Vladimir Putin and French President Jacques Chirac in 2001,” said Michael Kofman, who closely follows Russia for the U.S. government-funded research organization CNA.
“Eventually, he got a massive contract for feeding the Russian military and the Russian armed forces, which is probably where most of his money comes from.”
At a recent press conference, Putin was dismissive when asked about his putative chef.
“All my chefs are employed by the Federal Guard Service. They are all servicemen holding different ranks. I have no other chefs,” Putin said.
Regarding the private military company, Putin added: “If they comply with Russian laws, they have every right to work and promote their business interests anywhere in the world.”
Those interests extend to Syria. In a dramatic confrontation last year, Russian mercenaries tried to seize an oil facility that was held by the U.S military and its allies.
As it was unfolding, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he wanted to find out who the attackers were and make sure they weren’t part of the formal Russian army. The U.S. military contacted their Russian counterparts on a “deconfliction” hotline the two sides use to make sure they didn’t shoot at each other in Syria.
“The Russia High Command in Syria assured us it was not their people,” Mattis told Congress last year.
Once that was cleared up, Mattis said, “My direction was for the force to be annihilated.” And it was. The Americans say more than 200 Russian mercenaries were killed in withering airstrikes before they retreated from the one-sided fight near the eastern city of Deir el-Zour.
The secretive businessman known as Vladimir Putin’s “chef” for his Kremlin catering work is alleged to have helped Russia seize parts of Ukraine, turn the tide in the Syrian war and meddle in US elections. Now he’s reaching deep into Africa with an army of mercenaries and spin doctors in tow to cash in on his newfound expertise.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, a restaurateur from Putin’s native St Petersburg, has emerged as an unlikely point man in Russia’s belated push to bolster its geopolitical might by rekindling Cold War ties across a largely underdeveloped region laden with untapped mineral wealth. Lacking the financial muscle of its main rivals, the US, Europe and China, Russia is carving out a niche by shoring up strongmen in unstable but potentially rich states who have a taste for Russian weaponry.
Prigozhin and his hodgepodge of contract soldiers and political operatives are offering security, arms training and electioneering services in exchange for mining rights and other opportunities, two people familiar with the matter said. He’s already active in or moving into 10 countries that Russia’s military already has relationships with: the DRC, Sudan, Libya, Madagascar, Angola, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and the Central African Republic.
This spurt of activity comes as Putin prepares to host more than 50 leaders for the first Russia-Africa summit in 2019. It’s an event that will cement “Russia’s active presence in the region”, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said before a sweep through the continent earlier in 2018.
The low-profile nature of Prigozhin’s businesses ensures some deniability for the Kremlin. Putin, who gave Prigozhin an award for his service to the state in 2014, earlier in 2018 compared his old ally’s international work to that of George Soros, the US billionaire financier who’s long been accused by the Kremlin of subverting governments at Washington’s behest.
“The Russians want influence with governments, they want economic access and they’re much more flexible — that’s their advantage,” said Peter Pham, head of the Washington-based Atlantic Council’s Africa Center. “It doesn’t cost very much to send a couple of hundred guys to shore up a president.”