Analysis 08 Jun 17

Putin-Dodik Comradeship Causes Uncertainty for Bosnia

Russian and Bosnian Serb leaders Vladimir Putin and Milorad Dodik have met yet again, but questions remain about whether their frequent get-togethers serve propaganda purposes or will deliver economic benefits.

Danijel Kovacevic
Banja Luka
Milorad Dodik with Vladimir Putin in September 2016. Photo: Russian President’s website

Milorad Dodik, the president of Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity of Republika Srpska, and the head of its ruling party, the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats, is a politician who, of all the leaders in the region - including some of Russia's former allies - has met President Vladimir Putin most often.

The latest meeting between Putin and Dodik took place on June 2, on the margins of the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, where Dodik has been a regular guest for the past several years.

This was their second meeting in the past eight months, and at least their sixth meeting in the past three years.

“Since they meet so often, it is clear that Dodik is important to Putin. He is the exponent of Russian politics in this area,” Adnan Huskic, a political analyst from Sarajevo, told BIRN.

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