Russian-trained mercenaries back Bosnia’s Serb separatists

Russian-trained mercenaries are helping establishment 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.

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  • I’m sure Russia is keen on staying out of this one.

    Oh, wait …

  • UCSPanther

    Too bad they couldn’t hire the Serb Team:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2hjUqq1CbU

  • vwVwwVwv

    What training did they have, they are fat, none of this guys can give a set
    of 50 sit & push-ups with no long pause between them.
    I don’t say a word about jumping over a
    2m wall or climbing a rope….
    A warmup of an average combat unit of the west will kill this guys immediately.
    Go enlarge the picture and try not to laugh, Na Sdarovie!

    • deplorabledave

      So they can’t shoot a gun?

      • vwVwwVwv

        They can, may mom can, but to carry a gun to the batlefield and move around
        jumping from cover to cover over stick and stone is a different game.
        Have you enlarged the picture, it’s to funny.

  • canminuteman

    I guess diversity isn’t strength in the Balkans like it is here.

  • ntt1

    the Wests politically correct betrayal of the Serbian people Is in its self a war crime and it was done to win favour with muslims

    • Solo712

      The tearing up of the Lisbon agreement (which recognized Bosnia as a state of three entities) and the war after was Bill Clinton’s doing and it had only one aim: to destroy Russia’s influence in the Balkans by humiliating Serbia, its staunchest ally there. The Bosnian Serbs have been fighting tooth and nail against being incorporated into a state that would serve as a blueprint for a Islam-dominated “multicutltural” state in Europe. Narurally, the Croats in BH have been resisting too but they have a history (going back to WWII alliance with Hitler) of cultivating close ties with the Bosnian Muslims. So their resistance would be spotty and mostly ineffective.

      • Art Deco

        The tearing up of the Lisbon agreement (which recognized Bosnia as a
        state of three entities) and the war after was Bill Clinton’s doing and
        it had only one aim: to destroy Russia’s influence in the Balkans by
        humiliating Serbia,

        No you fantasist. The purpose was to keep Serb Army and Serb militias from killing and expelling any more people. That purpose was successfully achieved.

        • Solo712

          You call me “fantasist”? Obviously, you know nothing of the country and its history starting in the WWII. The word “etnicko ciscenije” (“ethnic cleansing”) comes from Pavelic’ fascist Croatia and was first used in the genocide against Serbs in Bosnia Herzegovina. The inter-communal violence in the dying Yugoslavia started by attempts of Croats to take by force the local self-government from the Serbs in Krajina and in the two Slavonias.

    • Art Deco

      The West didn’t owe a blessed thing to the malicious Serb politicians or their addle-pated constituents, who behaved badly from about 1987 until the point they were bombed into capitulation.

  • Art Deco

    I think Bosnia would benefit from a Velvet Divorce. Cede Republika Srpska and a couple of exclave municipalities to Serbia, cede some peripheral municipalities to Croatia, and retain the rump as a predominantly Muslim state wherein the majority might be secure enough to offer courtesies to the minorities. Jerry-rigged schemes have a way of failing.

    The two halves of Belgium might benefit from a Velvet Divorce as well, as would, of course, Quebec and Anglophone Canada.