Bosnia: Russia's 'Night Wolves' banned from entering country

For security reasons and to avoid possible provocation

15 March, 11:13

    SARAJEVO - Aleksandar Zaldostanov, leader of the 'Night Wolves', a Russian motorcycle group close to President Vladimir Putin, was banned from entering Bosnia for security reasons, the usually well-informed news site reported on Thursday. According to the website, Serbian citizen Sasa Savic, who is believed to be the Night Wolves' leader in the Balkans, was also refused entry.

    Zaldostanov, known as the surgeon, whose name is included in a US 'black list' due to his connections and activity with pro-Russian Ukraine separatists, should lead a group of a few dozen Russian bikers on a nine-day tour called 'Russian Balkans'.

    The tour is scheduled to start on March 19 in Serbia, then Bosnia through Bijeljina, Brcko, Doboj, Banja Luka, the main city of the Republika Srpska (Rs, the Serbian-majority entity in Bosnia).

    In Banja Luka, Rs president, Milorad Dodik, together the energy minister, Petar Djokic, considered the leader of the Wolves in Bosnia, was meant to hand to Zaldostanov a high honor of Rs for the ''promotion of Orthodoxy''.

    Bosnia's security minister, Dragan Mektic, has said that the current government of Rs means to use the Night Wolves to intimidate political rivals in elections to be held in October in Bosnia. 

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