BANGUI - Over the past decade, Central African Republic (CAR) has reduced its reliance on France and turned to Russia to fight a growing number of armed groups that have destabilized the nation.

However, Ben Jackson explains in Review of African Political Economy that there have been claims that Moscow’s presence in CAR is a means to secure valuable diamond mines and other resource concessions from the state.

It comes during a time of wider French decline in the continent, especially across the Sahel.