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They certainly looked intimidating, sitting in the parliament of the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Members of a group called "Serbian Honor" (Српска ЧАСТ), they claim to be involved in "humanitarian" work in Republika Srpska and neighboring Serbia. But according to other ... Balkans
The town of Visegrad, now located in Republika Srpska, was the center of thorough ethnic cleansing early in the war, as it switched from having a Bosniak to a Serb majority, the daily writes. An estimated 3,000 Bosniaks were killed there. Bosniak rape victims have long claimed that some 200 women ...

Starting from September, when the new school year begins, pupils in high schools in Republika Srpska will have mandatory religion classes. Over the next few months, officials from Republika Srpska and the Serbian Orthodox Church will work on a detailed plan for the classes. "This will be done, for ... Serbs Religious
After the Bosnian War (1992-1995), Bosnia and Herzegovina split mainly into two autonomous governments, the Bosniak and Croat-led Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Serbian-led Republika Srpska. The region handles foreign affairs and other matters as the sovereign nation of Bosnia ...
Instead of roaring into town amid throbbing engines and clouds of smoke, the tattooed, potbellied bikers arrived by car and minivan in Banja Luka, the capital of Republika Srpska, a would-be state born in bloodshed during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Anxious about the cold weather, they left their ... Bosnia
A coalition of non-Serbian parties, "Together for Bosnia", which gathers nine Bosnian Croat and Bosniak parties, will contest the October general elections in Republika Srpska together, representing what they describe as a pro-Bosnian platform. They intend to "fight against discrimination and fight for ...

Nearly two dozen members of the pro-Kremlin motorcycle group Night Wolves have visited Banja Luka, the administrative center of Bosnia's predominantly Serb entity, Republika Srpska, as part of what they are calling a "Russian Balkans" tour. Because of bad weather conditions, instead of riding in ... Putin
Commenting of the recent opinion poll in Serbia, which demonstrated 58% support to the Russian leader, Dodik noted, "I am sure that if such a poll were conducted in Republika Srpska, the results would be the same." Russia held its presidential election on Sunday, March 18. Eight candidates were running for the ... Putin
The military buildup is taking place in Republika Srpska, a largely autonomous region in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where most of the population is Serbian. Local police and other security officials are receiving military-style training from Russia and amassing military equipment, according to documents ... Putin
Perhaps I was just too dumbfounded, and puzzled at how the president of Republika Srpska could ban teaching about the siege of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica genocide -- as if these topics were even part of the school curriculum in his entity. After reading the article, I realized that the unsettling past would ... Putin
The war officially ended with the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords, which divided Bosnia into two entities — the Federation and Republika Srpska (RS) — and gave the newly independent Bosnia a complex system of governance that rewards ethnic-based politics. Despite its shortcomings, the ... Putin
When the Dayton Accords were signed in 1995, they established a complicated power-sharing structure consisting of two mostly autonomous regions, Republika Srpska (majority Serb) and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (majority Bosniak and Croat), as well as a weak national government. Putin
Republika Srpska will adopt a unified curriculum with Serbia covering four key educational subjects from the start of the next school year, sparking criticism from Bosniak politicians in the Serb-dominated entity. The unified curriculum will apply to the so-called 'national' set of subjects - language, history, ... Putin
After several hours of discussions on Saturday, the Serbian Democratic Party, the strongest member of Republika Srpska's opposition Alliance for Changes, announced party leader Vukota Govedarica as its candidate for president of Bosnia-Herzegovina's Serbian-dominated entity in elections this October. Putin
Military exercises with the participation of NATO's A-10 aircraft squadrons are being planned in Bosnia and Herzegovina's (BiH) Serb Republic (Republika Srpska) in 2019. That's according to a report by “Dnevnik,” a Sarajevo-based website, referencing official documents of the Ministry of Defense of ... Putin
"The video and its publication should be placed in its proper context," Azinovic said, adding that 10 days earlier an actual, suspected paramilitary formation from Serbia had marched fully armed through the streets of Banja Luka, in Republika Srpska, during official celebrations marking that northern Bosnian ... Putin
During his two terms as president of the Republika Srpska — and two more as prime minister — Mr. Dodik has ruffled more than a few feathers. Despite warnings from the international community, and in violation of a ruling from Bosnia's highest court, he pressed for a referendum in 2016 on whether to ... Putin

Milorad Dodik on Tuesday said he would cut Ramiz Salkic's salary by 20 per cent because the Bosniak [Muslim] Vice President of the Republika Srpska had "told notorious falsehoods that inflict inevitable damage on the RS's reputation”. Dodik said earlier on Tuesday that “the permanent war-like rhetoric of ... Putin
The Dayton peace agreement ended the Bosnian conflict just over 22 years ago, dividing the country into two semi-autonomous parts: the Republika Srpska (RS) and a Muslim-Croat federation. The deal stopped the killing but created a system that rewarded ethnically based politics. Nationalist parties have ... Putin
Quantities of automatic weapons will be delivered to the Republika Srpska Ministry of the Interior only a few days before a new training centre for RS police will open, where specialists from Russia will run the training, the Bosnian news site Zurnal reported on Friday. Last year, the RS Interior Minister, ... Putin
In contrast to the U.S. sanctions, Dodik gave the Night Wolves an award on January 9 for their “emphasis on the affirmation of human rights, tolerance among people, the rule of law and freedom, and the strengthening of friendly relations between the Russian Federation and [Republika Srpska].”. Putin
In February, it was reported that at the beginning of 2019, NATO will hold exercises on the Manjaca training range near Banja Luka, the main city of Republika Srpska and use A-10 airplanes armed with Vulcan cannons, the ordnance of which carries "some type of depleted uranium." This was reported, ...
On the other hand, VIG is present in the country since 2011 through its Republika Srpska-based unit WIENER Osiguranje, the former JAHORINA Osiguranje. ... "In combination with Group company WIENER Osiguranje, which was set up in 2011 and operates primarily in Republika Srpska, the Vienna ...
They included, among others, members of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency Ivanić and Izetbegović; Minister of Foreign Affairs Crnadak; Minister for Human Rights and Refugees Borovac; Republika Srpska entity President Dodik; and Federation of Bonia and Herzegovina entity President Čavara.
The Dayton peace agreement ended the Bosnian conflict just over 22 years ago, dividing the country into two semi-autonomous parts: the Republika Srpska (RS) and a Muslim-Croat Federation. The deal stopped the killing but created a system that rewarded ethnically based politics. Nationalist parties ...
Quantities of automatic weapons will be delivered to the Republika Srpska Ministry of the Interior only a few days before a new training centre for RS police will open, where specialists from Russia will run the training, the Bosnian news site Zurnal reported on Friday. Last year, the RS Interior Minister, ...
Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache is known for his connections with Vladimir Putin (he was supported by Putin's United Russia when he ran for the Austrian presidency, and almost won), and right-wing extremists all over the world, including Milorad Dodik, president of Republika Srpska.
His reaction came after a Bosnian Croat declaration last week which lent support to Croats' campaign to have an entity of their own in Bosnia, in addition to the Serb-dominated Republika Srpska and the Bosniak-Croat Federation. "This nonsense that serves their own constituency... Do you think that after ...
University professors from Bosnia's mainly Serbian entity, Republika Srpska, have complained about a new decision that appears to ban them from attend state-level events that discuss education in the entity. They told BIRN that the ban limits their freedom of speech and their role in society as educators.
University professors from Bosnia's mainly Serbian entity, Republika Srpska, have complained about a new decision that appears to ban them from attend state-level events that discuss education in the entity. They told BIRN that the ban limits their freedom of speech and their role in society as educators.
The Moscow-backed leader of South Ossetia, Anatoly Bibilov, was on a three-day trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina in early January. In Banja Luka, Bibilov held two meetings with Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik and took part in the disputed Day of the Republic celebrations, causing Tbilisi's ...
Alliance for Change (Savez za promjene: SzP), the main opposition coalition in Republika Srpska (RS), Bosnia's Serb entity, has been unable to agree a joint list of electoral candidates for key government positions in the state- and entity-level elections scheduled for October. So far, the only nominated ...
As Bosnia starts preparing for autumn general elections, only one candidate's name is known for now, that of Mladen Ivanic. The current member of Bosnia's state presidency will be the candidate of the main opposition bloc in the country's mainly Serbian entity, Republika Srpska, the Alliance for Changes.
The prosecution's expert witness, US historian Robert Donia, told the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague on Tuesday that the authorities in Serbia and Bosnia's Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity shared the same goal during the war but had different strategies for achieving it ...
This is not good news for Dodik, the Republika Srpska or the whole region. Questioned about Georgia's diplomatic protest over the visit, the RS president said: “So what?” And he is right. It is not Georgia that Dodik has to worry about, but Moscow – because what kind of friend would fling on you a guest like ...
"If they cannot prove these allegations, Minister [Bosnia security minister Dragan] Mektic should resign," Dusko Vukotic, president of the Veterans of Republika Srpska said. Bilbija was mentioned as one of Bosnian Serbs who was especially loyal to Milorad Dodik, President of Bosnia's Serb-dominated ...
Milorad Dodik, leader of a Bosnian Serb nationalist party and president of Republika Srpska - a semi-autonomous entity within Bosnia and Herzegovina that was created in 1995 under the Dayton peace agreement - reportedly put the force together. On the same day, Bosnian Minister of Security Dragan ...
Crnadak said welcoming Bibilov put the Republika Srpska, which is recognized as a full-fledged constituent entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the ... Anatoly Bibilov was on a three-day visit to the Republika Srpska, where he held a meeting with Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik and took part in ...
It published photographs of the militia on the streets of Banja Luka, the administrative centre of the Republika Srpska, a semi-autonomous entity within Bosnia created by the Dayton peace agreement that ended the 1992-95 war. The pictures show the paramilitaries posing in black sweaters and in combat ...
The de facto delegation of Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region, led by the self-proclaimed President Anatoly Bibilov, is paying a visit to Republika Srpska, one of two constitutional and legal entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The so called state-led news agency of S. Ossetia, PEC, reports that ...
Russian-backed Tskhinvali leader Anatoly Bibilov is on a three-day visit to the Republika Srpska, a constituent entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he held a meeting with Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik and took part in the disputed Day of the Republic celebrations in the administrative ...
BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- Bosnian Serb leaders have held the biggest celebrations ever to mark the Day Of Republika Srpska, a disputed “statehood day” in the Bosnian Serb entity that has been banned by Bosnia-Herzegovina's Constitutional Court. Events on January 9 in Banja Luka, the ...
Despite constant political disagreements between Republika Srpska's ruling party, Dodik's Alliance of Independent Social Democrats, and the main opposition parties in the entity, the Serb Democratic Party and the Party of Democratic Progress, politicians from all sides said they supported the idea.
Journalist Ivanka Katic said she expected Bosniak presidency member Bakir Izetbegovic, Bosnian Croat presidency member Dragan Covic and Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik all to join in singing: "No one can do us harm”. This song is, incidentally, one of Dodik's favourites, and he has used it ...
“We are constantly trying to get lower taxes but the government keeps on ignoring our demands even though lower taxes would surely encourage more people to start something on their own,” Dragutin Skrebic, president of the Association of Employers of Republika Srpska, told BIRN.
The Serbian government has set aside EUR 250,000 for the newly established Solidarity Fund of the Serb Republic (RS) for treatment of children abroad. Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said this is Banja Luka on Wednesday. Brnabic stressed that Serbia does this primarily because people in Serbia and in the ...
A team of lawyers contacted Selma and other victims of torture 10 years ago to sue Bosnia's Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity for damages. ... She spent time in a concentration camp and the third time that she was held, soldiers from the Republika Srpska army raped her, leaving her pregnant.
The Bosnian prosecution on Friday charged Tomislav Kovac with war crimes, alleging that as interior minister of Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska and commander of its police force, he controlled all the police forces involved in the war crimes against Bosniaks from Srebrenica.
Bosnian Serb President Milorad Dodik said on Thursday evening that plans are underway to mark the disputed Day of Republika Srpska on January 9, even though the state Constitutional Court declared the holiday unconstitutional. Dodik also said that members of the Bosnian armed forces would not be ...
BOSNIA: The Republika Srpska entity's railway company ŽRS has awarded China Shandong International Economic & Technical Co-operation Group a contract for the modernisation of the 104 km route from Banja Luka to Novi Grad and the border with Croatia at Dobrljin. The agreement was signed on ...


 

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