As Russia's war on Ukraine enters its sixth month, new information has been uncovered about how it's not only financing the war, but also surviving western sanctions. It's a story that includes treasure, corruption, coercion and exploitation — and one that was recently unearthed through the dogged reporting of CNN chief international investigative reporter Nima Elbagir.
The quick version: Russia has been illegally smuggling billions of dollars worth of gold from Sudan, skirting Sudanese laws and helping to impoverish the sub-Saharan African nation. In return, Sudanese military forces get Russian support in crushing the pro-democracy movement, with both political might and arms.
Elbagir talks with Here & Now's Robin Young.
This segment aired on August 2, 2022.