Igor Morozov heads AFROCOM, an organisation that aims to facilitate Russian companies' access to African markets. He is increasingly present on the continent, making regular trips and waging an aggressive commercial diplomacy there.
Washington may be playing it cool in DRC, but Russia is increasingly keen to position itself as a key trading partner.
In two confidential reports, the UN Electoral Needs Assessment Mission (ENAM) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have drawn up an overview of the current situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and attempted to forecast possible outcomes at the time of the late 2023 elections.
Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the number two in Sudan's interim regime, is trying to polish his international reputation. His aim is to play down his links with Moscow and prepare for a possible presidential election battle with regime leader Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan.
Behind the display of harmony between Russia and its African allies during foreign minister Sergey Lavrov's recent tour, the war in Ukraine is taking its toll on Moscow's relations with the continent. Traditionally pro-Russia Sudan has agreed to serve as a layover for military equipment heading to Ukraine.
At a confidential meeting held in Goma, security chiefs in North Kivu have highlighted the uncoordinated nature of the military response to the M23. President Tshisekedi has ordered a reshuffle.
As tensions between Kinshasa and Kigali continue to grow in eastern DRC, a confidential meeting between the French and Rwandan presidents took place in Paris in early June. Emmanuel Macron plans to speak by phone next with Felix Tshisekedi and is backing Angolan mediation.