“A Russian film company is revisiting Moscow’s history of involvement in the Balkan conflicts two decades ago as the Kremlin works to solidify and expand its influence and blunt Serbia’s Western aspirations.

Upgrade Vision film is ramping up final production for the 2019 release of what it calls a ‘heroic drama’ titled The Balkan Line. It’s a fictionalized account of a June 1999 standoff between a small contingent of Russian forces and their NATO counterparts at the Slatina air base at Pristina Airport in Kosovo.

Support for Russian politics is growing in Serbian society, while some Serbs in the public sector have become the ‘bearers of the Russian idea’ and aid in supporting positive perceptions of Russia’s military, according to analyst Aleksandar Radic.” (RFE/RL)