“For a country of 3.5 million in an overlooked corner of Europe, Bosnia is bringing in some big names.

Next week Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, will come to the northern town of Banja Luka, population 185,000, for the consecration of a huge new Orthodox Church.

It is the capital of Republika Sprska, a semi-autonomous region inhabited mostly by Bosnian Serbs who follow the same Orthodox creed as most Russians. The church and attached cultural centre will be just the latest expression of fraternal warmth between Moscow and the Republika Srpska.” (The Times)