Photos allegedly showing Malian Soldiers being trained by a Russian instructor, said to be an employee of the Russian private security firm Wagner, have been circulating on Facebook and Telegram. However, there are key details that cast doubt on claims the pictures were taken in Mali. First, the building in the background resembles the palace built by the former emperor of the Central African Republic, Emperor Bokassa. Moreover, there seems to have been some level of coordination behind the dissemination of these photos in various pro-Russian channels.
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