“Authorities in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica angered relatives of the 1995 massacre there by handing its top municipal award on Sunday to the leader of the Bosnian Serbs, local media reported.
The town’s city hall under its Serb mayor Mladen Grujicic awarded the distinction, the Golden Plaque of Srebrenica, to Milorad Dodik, president of the Serb entity of Bosnia, Republika Srpska, the N1 television channel said.
Dodik declines to describe the Srebrenica massacre as genocide. The Bosnian Serb commander behind it, Ratko Mladic, has been sentenced to life in jail, convicted of genocide and other war crimes.
Bosnian Serb forces killed 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica — the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II.
Grujicic took over as mayor of the town from a Muslim after municipal elections in October 2016.” (Yahoo)
“An infamous, Kremlin-linked biker gang is taking a trip to the heart of Europe, where it will ride around under the slogan ‘Russian Balkans.’
The tour will bring at least 15 members of the biker gang known as the Night Wolves into Serbia and Bosnia to ‘research the cultural influence of the Russian empire in the Balkans,’ according to information obtained by Newsweek. The group will tour the Balkans for around nine days beginning on March 19—and may meet with political representatives from the ethnic Serbian region of Bosnia.
The U.S. government has sanctioned the Night Wolves for their involvement with anti-Western and pro-Russian separatist movements in Ukraine. They have also been linked to Russia’s Special Forces, and have reportedly carried out armed attacks on Ukraine’s Navy.
Now some experts say the motorcyclists may be aiming to stoke similar anti-Western sentiment in the Balkans, a region with a complicated history of ethnic tensions, separatism, armed conflict, and competing influences from Russia and the West.
‘If you look at what these people do, they inspire an extremist ideology and they are connected to different groups that inspire extremism,’ Reuf Bajrovic, a former politician in Bosnia, told Newsweek. ‘I see this as part of their greater strategy, destabilizing the Balkans in something they’ve been saying that they want to do.'” (Newsweek)
“Chairman of the Council of Ministers of BiH Denis Zvizdic is leading a delegation of the Council of Ministers of BiH, which will be paying an official visit to the Republic of Macedonia in the period from March 11 and 12, 2018.
Chairman Zvizdic will attend the concert of Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra today at 8. 15 PM, which is organized under the commemorative program for the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust committed on the Macedonian Jews.
Chairman of the Council of Ministers of BiH Denis Zvizdic, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia Zoran Zaev and the Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov will join the march in honour and remembrance of Jews that were deported from Macedonia during World War II (10:00 AM) and lay flowers on the monument “7144 Macedonian Jews” next to the Tobacco Factory in Skopje (10:30 AM).” (Sarajevo Times)