Tag: aleksandar vucic

Serbia Recalls All Diplomats from Macedonia, Accuses Macedonia of Illegal Surveillance

The latest diplomatic gossip from the Balkans, where Serbia has abruptly withdrawn its entire embassy staff from Macedonia and then accused the country’s prime minister of “betraying Serbia” and illegally bugging the Serbian president.   On Sunday night, Serbia pulled its entire embassy staff out of Macedonia. President Aleksandar Vucic claimed authorities had discovered that Skopje was…


Serbia’s New Lesbian Prime Minister: A Symbolic Step Forward?

In Serbia, is the recent appointment of Ana Brnabic to the office of prime minister indicative of a new commitment to LGBT rights — or a smokescreen?   On the evening of Thursday, June 15, news broke that Serbia would have an openly lesbian prime minister. Immediate reactions from the global LGBT community…


Serbia’s Post-Election Protests: Day 3

Demonstrations against the ‘dictatorship’ of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic entered their third day today, as thousands of people braved rainy weather in the cities of Belgrade and Novi Sad to protest the powerful premier’s contested victory in Sunday’s presidential election. Smaller gatherings of several hundred people or so were reported…

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Serbia Erupts in Protests “Against the Dictatorship” of Aleksandar Vucic

Serbs are demonstrating ‘against the dictatorship’ of prime minister and soon-to-be president Aleksandar Vucic in the latest wave of anti-authoritarian protests to hit the Balkans.   Protesters filled the streets of Serbia’s two main urban centers of Belgrade and Novi Sad last night to demonstrate ‘against dictatorship’, following the victory of Prime…

Dragana Pećo of Belgrade’s Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK) at the Belgrade Security Forum

Op-Ed: Closing in on Serbia’s Voices of Opposition

A look back at three years of media repression in Serbia. There is a great irony in the way dissent is handled in the Balkans. What makes this irony even greater is that the handlers of dissent don’t even see it. Eleven months ago, the incumbent Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) organized…


Kazakhstan’s Dictator Makes Historic First Trip to Serbia

Kazakh dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev’s first trip to Belgrade. The newest monument in Belgrade is a bust of Stalinist poet and traditional folk singer Jambyl Jabayev of Kazakhstan. Jabayev, who died several months shy of his 100th birthday in 1945, is said to have composed numerous songs and poems in homage to Stalin,…