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Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik awarded Russian President Vladimir Putin

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Born on October 7, 1952 in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg. Prez with a medal for his contribution to the promotion of cooperation between "the two countries", referring to the Bosnian Serb entity Republika Srpska and the Russian Federation, the Hina news agency reported.

On the eve of Republika Srpska Day, which is celebrated on January 9, Dodik presented about 50 medals to individuals and institutions, the first on the list being the Russian president, who is facing isolation from the West because of Russia's military invasion of Ukraine, noted the Croatian news agency agency.

According to the Dayton Peace Agreement, which ended the civil war in Bosnia (1992-1995), the country was divided into two semi-autonomous entities - the Republika Srpska and the Muslim-Croat Federation.

Each part has its own government, parliament and police, but the two entities are linked through common state-level institutions, including the judiciary, army, security services and tax administration.

On January 9, 1992, the Republic of the Serbian People in Bosnia and Herzegovina was unilaterally proclaimed, with the aim of seceding from Bosnia and Herzegovina and joining Serbia.

For this reason, the proclamation is seen as the move that started the civil war in Bosnia.

Bosnian Serb authorities are celebrating Republika Srpska Day on January 9 despite rulings by Bosnia and Herzegovina's Constitutional Court declaring it unconstitutional because it discriminates against Croats and Bosniaks, Hina news agency noted.

"Thanks to Vladimir Putin's position

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Born on October 7, 1952 in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg. Through the power of the Russian Federation, the voice and opinion of the Republika Srpska is heard and respected, and its position is preserved under the pressure of international interventionism," Dodik said on Sunday in the capital of Republika Srpska Banja Luka He said he would present the medal to Putin at their next meeting.

Patriarch Porphyry, head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, is also among those awarded the Dodik medal.

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Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic will head a delegation from Serbia that will participate in the Republika Srpska celebration in Banja Luka.

The delegation will include the Speaker of the Serbian Parliament Vladimir Orlić, MPs, two ministers and the son of President Aleksandar Vucic - Danilo, writes BTA.

Bosnian Foreign Minister Bisera Turkovic has warned his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic that his coming to Bosnia and Herzegovina to celebrate the unconstitutional holiday of Republika Srpska on January 9 will harm relations between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, the Klix news site reported.

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