January 28, 2018 Special Dispatch No. 7302

Russia In The World – Russia On The African Continent Part II

January 28, 2018
Russia, Africa | Special Dispatch No. 7302

"Russia In The World" is a MEMRI Russian Media Studies Project review of Russia's geopolitical interests and areas of penetration. This installment will deal with Russia's relations with African countries.

The original image was taken from Studiya 13's Facebook page.

Russia In Angola


Angola's flag, evokes the hammer and sickle used by Soviet iconography.

Russia To Grant Scholarship To Angolan Citizens And Confirms Construction Of Oil Refinery

The media outlet reported that Russia decided to extend more scholarship grants to Angolan citizens who "intend to be trained in that European Country, within the framework of bilateral cooperation."

According to the media outlet, in a meeting with the National Assembly Speaker Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, the Russian ambassador to Angola Vladimir Tararov stressed that 1800 Angolans are currently studying in Russia, and that a Russian language school "may be" opened in Angola in the near future.

Taravov also confirmed the construction of an oil refinery in the Angolan province of Namibe. The project is run by two Russian private companies in partnership with other investors. The construction will require 12 billion U.S. dollars in funding.

(, January 26, 2018)

Angosat Satellite Launched From Russia's Cosmodrome

On December 26, the satellite Angosat-1 was launched from Russia’s Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Angosat-1's goal is to boost mobile and net communications in Angola, and also to broadcast radio and TV programs. However, soon after the launch, Russia lost contact with the satellite. On December 29, contact with AngoSat-1 was restored.

Russia’s Energia Rocket and Space Corporation said: "Experts from the Energia Corporation have received telemetry data from the AngoSat satellite launched by the Zenit-3SLBF space rocket from the Baikonur spaceport on December 26. The satellite has provided telemetry data showing that all its systems settings are in order."

(, December 29, 2017;, December 30, 2017)

Read also:

  • Russia’s VTB in talks to prolong Angola’s $1.5BN loan to 10 years (, January 22, 2018; Read full article)
  • Russian miner Alrosa buys stake in Angola's largest diamond deposit for $70 million (, January 12, 2018; Read full article)

Russia-Somalia Relations


Federal Republic of Somalia Defense Minister Mohamed Mursal Sheikh Abdirahman (Source:

On January 18, the Federal Republic of Somalia Defense Minister Mohamed Mursal Sheikh Abdirahman, who was recently appointed in November 2017, met with Russia's Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov in Moscow.

The Russian MFA reported that the two sides discussed the "traditionally friendly Russia-Somalia relations". The Russian MFA added: "The Russian side confirmed its principled position in support of Somalia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, as well as efforts of Somalia’s federal government to combat the terrorist threat."

(, January 18, 2018)

Russia-Nigeria Defense Relations


Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and Nigerian Defense Minister Mansur Dan-Ali (Source:

In 2018, Russia will supply Nigeria with 10 Su-30 multirole fighter aircraft. In 2017, Nigeria received two Su-30s under a contract for the delivery of 12 Russian fighters.

(, June 26, 2017)

On August 22, 2017, the Nigerian Defense Minister Mansur Dan-Ali met with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu on the side-line of the Army-2017 international forum in Moscow. In that occasion, Nigeria and Russia discussed to pursue a common program aimed at "intensifying the fight against terrorism" in Nigeria.

(, August 22, 2017)

See also Nigeria seeks Russia’s cooperation to fight insurgents,, August 24, 2017.

Russia-Burkina Faso Defense Relations

Burkina Faso

On August 28, 2017, Burkina Faso’s military ordered two Mi-171Sh armed helicopters from Russia that will be delivered this year (2018). On August 25, at the Army 2017 defense exhibition in Russia by Sergey Kornev, the deputy director general of the state arms export agency Rosoboronexport, said that Burkina Faso signed two contracts: one for the helicopters and another for air-launched weapons.

The South African media outlet informed: "The Mi-171Sh is equipped with two VK-2500 or TV3-117VM engines, armor and a defensive aids suite. It can be fitted with rockets, missiles and gun pods. It can carry up to 37 paratroopers, and cargo of up to 4 000 kg… Burkina Faso already flies Mi-17 and Mi-24P helicopters."

Kornev was optimistic about further arms purchases: "At the moment, they are considering a possibility of buying defense industry products from us for other branches of the armed forces."

(, August 28, 2017)

Related Information On Russia In Africa

  • Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of the Congo to Russia David Maduka (, January 22, 2018, Read the press release)
  • Russian bank VTB wants to meet with the President of Mozambique to negotiate the debt restructuring (, January 25, 2018, Read full article in Portuguese)
  • Russia and Mozambique agree big debt-for-development swap (, November 8, 2017; Read full article)
  • Russia's Rosneft plans to open Mozambique office – diplomat (Reuters, July 13, 2017; Read full article)
  • Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with Rwandan Ambassador to Russia Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya (, December 26, 2017; Read the press release)
  • Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with the Ivory Coast Ambassador to Russia, Bernard Tano-Buchue (, December 21, 2017; Read the press release)
  • Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s consultations with Smail Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security (, December 20, 2017; Read the press release)
  • Press release on Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s meeting with African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui (, December 20, 2017; Read the press release)
  • Russia, Equatorial Guinea agree to boost military cooperation (, August 16, 2017; Read full article)
  • Russia's Sukhoi Civil Aircraft company has signed a contract with Zambian carriers to deliver passenger planes in 2018. (, July 21, 2017; Read full article)



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