Russia in the Balkans


20. February 2024.
The small town of Hostomel, close to Kyiv, took centre stage in early 2022 during the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. Countless war crimes committed by the Russian army against the residents of Hostomel are currently under investigation and part of court proceedings. One such investigation was initiated by Lazer Taras, a local documentary filmmaker who told the Detektor team his story in the very street where Russian soldiers killed his neighbours.


17. January 2024.
Just before the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a Detektor crew visited Kyiv, where the fight against Russian media disinformation is considered part of the war. Experts in the fight against disinformation warn that the intensification of Russian disinformation activity can be a precursor to more aggressive action by Russia, a fact which warrants caution in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


12. January 2024.
On the eve of the second anniversary of the full scale Russian invasion, Ukrainians are experiencing feelings that citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina have long been familiar with: the fear of new escalations and destabilisation, the search for justice and the complicating fact that many perpetrators are out of reach, and the feeling that the world has turned its attention elsewhere.


19. June 2023.
A documentary recently aired by Russian television network RT argues the existence of a “Bosnian caliphate” and radicalization of Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while dismissing the judicial verdicts on the Sarajevo siege and Srebrenica genocide. At a time when Russia is actively waging war on Ukraine, what is the significance behind an international television station financed by the Russian state echoing the long-standing claims of Milorad Dodik and his ideologues?