Russia backs Sudan military's brutal crackdown against 'extremist' protesters

Russia backs Sudan military's brutal crackdown against 'extremist' protesters
Russia has backed the Sudan military suppression of protesters following an Eid massacre.
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06 June, 2019
Russia appears to have backed the Sudanese generals [Getty]
Russia on Thursday appeared to back the Sudanese military's deadly suppression of pro-democracy protesters this week, in the latest show of support by Moscow for counter-revolutionary forces in the Middle East.

Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov referred to pro-democracy protesters in Khartoum "extremists" and "provocateurs" and appeared to back a brutal crackdown on activists by the Sudanese military this week, which left at least a hundred people dead.

"Naturally, in order to do that, you need for order to be imposed, and you need to fight against extremists and provocateurs who don't want the stabilisation of the situation," he said, according to Reuters.

"That's the situation right now, but we are against any external intervention, the imposition of anything on the Sudanese."

Sudan's ruling military council are backed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, while Russia has recently established close ties with both Gulf states.

This week, the military raided a pro-democracy protest camp killing at least 108 people according to medics.

The dead protesters were reportedly dumped in the River Nile with the dozens of bodies being retrieved from the waters.

Since the Arab Spring in 2011, Russia has worked with counter-revolutionary forces across the Middle East to help crush pro-democracy movements.

Russia has been a key military backer of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad against the opposition, while Moscow has also supported renegade general Khalifa Haftar against the UN-backed government.

Russia has also moved closer to Egyptian ruler Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whose suppression of Islamist and liberals after 2013 appears to have been mimicked by Sudan's generals.