“Russian-trained mercenaries are helping to establish a paramilitary unit serving the Serb separatist leader in Bosnia, it was reported in Sarajevo on Friday. The report on the Žurnal news site, which was confirmed by the Bosnian security minister, comes at a time of mounting western anxiety about Russian efforts to destabilise the Balkans and resist Nato enlargement in the region. On Tuesday, Milorad Dodik, the hardline leader of the Serb half of Bosnia, staged a military parade in Banja Luka in defiance of a ruling by the country’s constitutional court. The Žurnal report said that a militia called “Serbian Honour” – which it said had been trained in a Russian-funded “humanitarian centre” in Serbia – was in the process of setting up a paramilitary group to be used against Dodik’s opponents.” (The Guardian)

“The President of the organization “Serbian honor” Igor Bilbija denied he was trying to recruit people to form a paramilitary organization in an interview with Al-Jazeera Balkans.He claims that the organization is engaged in humanitarian work, and does not to go to military or weapons training. He says that has nothing to do with politics, Milorad Dodik nor the Government of Republika Srpska, and it has to be financed from its own resources. ‘I personally do not know the RS President Milorad Dodik, nor does he know me. We took a picture last year, and it was an honor to have my photo taken with the President of RS,’ said Bilbija.” (translated from Vijesti)
“Leader of the Democratic Front (DF), Zeljko Komsic, announced, when visiting Hayat Television, that he would run for a member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)  in the upcoming general elections in our country. Responding to the journalist question of whether he is planning to ‘take Dragan Covic’s seat,’ the current Croatian member of the Presidency of BiH, Komsic clearly answered how will he do that.” (Sarajevo Times)