Milorad Dodik

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Milorad Dodik is a Bosnian Serb politician who has served as the President of the Republika Srpska, an entity within Bosnia and Herzegovina, since 2018. He is known for his pro-Russian views and has been accused of spreading Russian propaganda. Dodik supported Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territories. Dodik awarded Russian dictator Putin with the highest award of the Republika Srpska.

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Milorad Dodik is a Bosnian Serb politician who has been the Republika Srpska’s eighth president since November 2022. From 2018 until 2022, he was the 7th Serb member of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Presidency, the collective federal head of state.

He is known for his pro-Russian views and has been accused of spreading Russian propaganda. Dodik has been a vocal supporter of Russia and has called for closer ties between the Republika Srpska and Moscow.

Dodik’s political views are heavily influenced by his Bosnian Serb identity and his desire for greater autonomy for the Republika Srpska. He has been critical of the Bosnian government and called for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s dissolution. Dodik is also known for his controversial statements on various issues, including the Srebrenica massacre and the Dayton Agreement, which ended the Bosnian War.

According to Dodik, the Srebrenica massacre was a “fabricated myth.” In an April 2010 interview with the Belgrade newspaper, he stated, “We cannot and will never accept qualifying that event as genocide.” He denied the 2004 Republika Srpska report, which acknowledged the scale of the killing and apologised to the victims’ families, claiming that the report was adopted due to international pressure.

In a paper signed by 31 high-profile signatories, the Humanitarian Law Centre called this latest event in Republika Srpska “the culmination of more than a decade of genocide denial and historical revisionism by the SNSD government in Republika Srpska.”

After High Representative Valentin Inzko decided to prohibit the denial of genocide and glorifying atrocities in 2021, Milorad Dodik’s Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) created a propaganda video on its social media networks.

Milorad Dodik, the SNSD leader and a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) Presidency, appears in the film, along with other frames.

Regarding foreign policy, Dodik is strongly pro-Russian and has been accused of having close ties to Moscow. He has called for the Republika Srpska to be more closely aligned with Russia and has criticised Western sanctions against Russia. Dodik has also been critical of NATO and the European Union and suggested that Bosnia and Herzegovina join the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union.

During a visit to Zagreb on June 1, 2008, Dodik declared that Operation Storm was an act of ethnic cleansing against Serbs and that it was the “greatest ethnic cleansing committed since World War II.” Stjepan Mesi, Croatia’s President, chastised Dodik for pushing disgruntled Serbs in Croatia to settle in Republika Srpska while failing to invite Bosniak and Croat refugees to return. Croatia was defending itself at the time, according to Ivo Banac, President of the Croatian Helsinki Committee, who criticised Dodik’s words as provocations.

Dodik has supported Russia’s actions in Ukraine and suggested that Ukraine’s government is illegitimate. He has called for greater recognition of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and criticised Western sanctions against Moscow. Dodik’s pro-Russian stance and controversial statements have drawn criticism from many experts in the field of international relations.

The United States sanctioned Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, a television station under his control, and two other people in 2021 for “significant corruption and destabilising activities.”

The measures, which include asset freezes and travel bans, come in response to Dodik’s threat to withdraw Serbs from the Bosnian national army and other state-level institutions, potentially undermining the 1995 Dayton peace settlement and paving the way for conflict to resurface.

The sanctions are accompanied by public pronouncements focusing on the corruption that US officials claim underpins Dodik’s political posturing.

On November 6, 2021, he met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Banja Luka, thanking him “for the understanding Hungary has for Republika Srpska.” “Republika Srpska is key to Balkan peace,” Orbán stated, adding that Hungary will “expand its economic programme with Republika Srpska.”

Dodik delivered a speech at the Demographic Summit in Hungary on September 23, 2021, where he criticised the European Union, the LGBT community, and the handling of the previous European migration crisis.

Dodik met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on December 2, 2021, and stated, “He [Putin] is familiar with the details of the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.” Following Russia’s recognition of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic as independent states on February 21 2022, which are disputed territories in Ukraine’s Donbas region, Dodik stated that Republika Srpska will seek national neutrality on the Ukraine issue.

Concerning the invasion, Dodik claimed that Bosnia and Herzegovina was neutral, having previously stated that “events demonstrated that it was a good decision for Bosnia and Herzegovina not to join NATO and that the country would not support sanctions.”

As part of the “Republic Day” celebrations, Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik awarded Russian President Vladimir Putin the highest award of the Republika Srpska in absentia for “the development and strengthening of friendly relations between Russia and Republika Srpska.”

Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik is considered one of the few politicians to maintain good relations with Putin even after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He often relies on Russia and supports its work and actions, especially after the aggression.

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