From the ‘Mesopotamia’ in Belgrade to a damp hotel near the Hungarian border, BIRN lifts the lid on a lucrative smuggling operation that keeps migrants and refugees moving across the Balkans, lining the pockets of state security agents along the way.
The men of Sveti Georgije say they are simply handing out aid parcels, but their leader’s criminal past, their glorification of Ratko Mladic and a penchant for black uniforms and a coat of arms speak to a very different agenda.
With COVID-19 putting an unprecedented strain on the Albanian health system, some COVID-19 patients and their families are turning to an unregulated and dangerous black market in oxygen, potentially doing more harm to their health than good.
Court records in Bosnia reveal that prominent members of Serb nationalist Chetnik organisations have been charged with war crimes, while the Bosnian Security Ministry has warned that such groups are extremists who could pose a security risk.
Since fleeing a prison sentence in Montenegro in 2016, Milos Marovic, the son of fugitive Montenegrin former politician Svetozar Marovic, has built up agricultural land holdings in Serbia worth more than a million euros, BIRN can reveal.