Officials say Sudanese military leaders have launched a “manhunt” for sources in the CNN investigation

Relatives have also been threatened in an attempt to silence the suspected leakers. One source said that the authorities “harass us, harass the people we love, and chase them down hard. It’s a clear message. The authorities are scared and they’re responding the only way they know how: with violence.”

Thousands of protesters demonstrated in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on Sunday, calling for an end to military rule following a CNN investigation, and accusing the Sudanese military leadership of “stealing soldiers.”

The investigation, which was based on multiple interviews with high-ranking Sudanese and US officials and buried documents reviewed by CNN, painted a picture of a detailed, years-long Russian scheme to plunder Sudan’s wealth in an effort to inoculate Russia against increasingly powerful Western sanctions and Moscow’s backing. The war effort in Ukraine.

Evidence revealed by CNN also indicates that Russia colluded with Sudan’s military leadership, freeing billions of dollars in gold to bypass the Sudanese state and depriving the poverty-stricken nation of hundreds of millions of state revenue.

The clashes erupted on Sunday after hundreds of protesters tried to head to the Republican Palace – Sudan’s presidential residence – but police responded by firing tear gas at the protesters.

A video clip shows protesters chanting slogans against the army that toppled a transitional civilian government in 2021, dealing a severe blow to the Sudanese pro-democracy movement that ousted President Omar al-Bashir two years ago.

The authorities closed the main Mak Nimr bridge linking downtown Khartoum and Khartoum North.

Pro-democracy protesters in the streets of Khartoum on Sunday, July 31, 2022.

Sudanese pro-democracy groups, including the influential “Revolutionary Committees”, had called Friday, for the “Million Men March” the following day.

Evidence seen by CNN also indicates that Russia colluded with the embattled military leadership in Sudan, freeing billions of dollars in gold to bypass the Sudanese state and depriving the poverty-stricken state of hundreds of millions of state revenues.

The investigation was widely shared in Sudan and caused public outrage. Hours after the report was broadcast, posts began circulating on WhatsApp and other social media platforms used by pro-democracy activists.

Russia loots gold in Sudan to bolster Putin's war efforts in Ukraine

Mohamed Elfeki Suleiman, a Sudanese pro-democracy figure and former representative and head of CNN’s Civil Anti-Corruption Commission.

“This is as a result of the civil authority’s lack of control over the security services, especially the police and security services, and therefore we were unable to impose our control over the smuggling process,” Suleiman said.

On Saturday, the head of the Sudanese National Mining Corporation, Mubarak Ardol, criticized the investigation on Twitter, describing it as “weak and inaccurate” and its numbers “exaggerated and imaginary.”

CNN contacted Sudan’s military rulers but did not receive a response.

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