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Russian president Vladmir Putin with South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa; (R) with president Edgar Lungu of Zambia Russia has never had an African colony. It stayed out of the scramble for Africa, only engaging with African states in the 19th Century . In 1869, for instance, the Russians gave Ethiopia military support to threaten the position of the British in their quest to control the Suez Canal. They did this because Britain was one of their main European rivals. It […]

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