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Thousands Of Serbs Protest ‘Anti-Environment’ Laws; Vucic Vows To ‘Solve Problems’ (RFE RL)

Thousands of demonstrators have protested around the country with blockades in Belgrade and other cities to oppose new legislation on property expropriation and referendums that they contend favor private companies over citizens and the environment.

Main streets and a highway in the capital were blocked by protesters.

Minor incidents and some skirmishes were reported as demonstrations took place in Novi Sad, Zrenjanin, Sabac, Nis, Kragujevac, Subotica, Uzice, and Raska.

Thousands Of Serbs Protest ‘Anti-Environment’ Laws; Vucic Vows To ‘Solve Problems’ (rferl.org)

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Serbia

Four Ex-State Security Officers Jailed In Serbia For 1999 Murder Of Journalist (Predrag Urosevic, RFE RL)

A Serbian court has sentenced four former state security officers to up to 30 years in prison over the 1999 murder of journalist Slavko Curuvija, an outspoken critic of the late strongman Slobodan Milosevic’s government.

Following a retrial 22 years after the killing, the Belgrade Special Court on December 2 handed 30-year prison sentences to both the former head of Serbian State Security, Radomir Markovic, and the ex-head of Belgrade’s intelligence branch, Milan Radonjic.

Four Ex-State Security Officers Jailed In Serbia For 1999 Murder Of Journalist (rferl.org)

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Serbia

Serbian anti-mining activists block bridges, roads (Al Jazeera)

Skirmishes have erupted in Serbia between police and demonstrators who blocked roads and bridges to protest against new laws they say favour the interests of foreign investors damaging the environment.

The government has offered mineral resources to companies including China’s Zijin copper miner and Rio Tinto, but activists say the projects would pollute land and water.

Serbian anti-mining activists block bridges, roads | Environment News | Al Jazeera

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Serbia

Serbian Lawmakers Pass Law Removing Turnout Threshold In Referendums (RFE RL)

Serbia’s parliament has overwhelmingly passed a law on how referendums are conducted amid criticism from opponents that it is undemocratic.

The new law on referendums was passed on November 25 with 178 deputies voting in favor and two against.

Serbian Lawmakers Pass Law Removing Turnout Threshold In Referendums (rferl.org)

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Russia Serbia

Russian, Serbian Presidents Emerge From Meeting With Talk Of Gas Deal, ‘Tactical’ Weapons (RFE RL)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic have left a meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi talking up weapons sales and the prospect of a crucial gas deal for Belgrade.

Vucic has publicly pleaded with the Russian side to offer “favorable” pricing on a new 10-year natural-gas deal to replace the current agreement that expires at the end of this year.

Russian, Serbian Presidents Emerge From Meeting With Talk Of Gas Deal, ‘Tactical’ Weapons (rferl.org)

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China Hungary Serbia

Work begins on section of Serbia-Hungary railway in major progress for BRI project (Global Times)

Officials from Serbia and Hungary on Tuesday hailed the start of construction of a railway line running from Novi Sad to Subotica in Serbia, which is part of the Hungary-Serbia railroad project, as not only a significant progress in the major project under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) but also a step forward in cooperation with China.

Work begins on section of Serbia-Hungary railway in major progress for BRI project – Global Times

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Serbia

Serbia’s Vucic Dismisses Critical Congressional Letter About Corruption, Media Freedom (RFE RL)

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has dismissed a letter written by several U.S. lawmakers criticizing the growth of corruption and decline of media freedom in the Balkan nation during his leadership.

Vucic said he doesn’t fear a U.S. asset freeze because, he claimed, he doesn’t own assets abroad. He also said he would repeat his “semilegal” purchase of ventilators for the country if necessary.

Serbia’s Vucic Dismisses Critical Congressional Letter About Corruption, Media Freedom (rferl.org)

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Russia Serbia

Serbia outfits its armor with Russia’s latest combat modules to boost firepower (TASS)

The Serbian defense company Yugoimport unveiled its latest Lazar III A1 armored personnel carrier outfitted with the latest Russian combat modules at the Partner 2021 international defense show running in Belgrade (Serbia) on October 11-14, TASS reported from the scene.

The Lazar III combat vehicle developed by Yugoimport is in service with the Serbian Army and the republic’s Interior Ministry. Its standard configuration comprises a Serbian-made remote-controlled combat module with a 12.7 mm large-caliber machine-gun. The vehicle’s new modification unveiled at the Partner 2021 arms show is the first heavily armed Lazar III A1 version.

The improved armored personnel carrier has received a Russian 32V01 remote-controlled combat module with a 30mm automatic gun and also a robotic module with a 57mm cannon.

A source in the Serbian defense industry told TASS that the latest Russian modules mounted on the Lazar III armored personnel carrier will boost the vehicle’s export potential.

“The Russian modules mounted on the Lazar III upgrade the armored personnel carrier to the level of infantry fighting vehicles with enhanced firepower. As a result, the combat vehicle will be capable of fighting a whole range of targets on the battlefield, except for heavy armor,” the source said.

The latest modules mounted on the Serbian Lazar III combat vehicle have been developed by the Russia-based Burevestnik Central Research Institute (part of the defense manufacturer Uralvagonzavod within the state tech corporation Rostec). The 32V01 unmanned combat module was featured for the first time at the IDEX international arms show in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in 2015.

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Balkans Serbia USA

Western Balkan groups call for US engagement to counter Serbia (Al Jazeera)

Leaders and advocacy organisations from Albanian-American, Bosnian-American and Montenegrin-American communities have called on the US to commit to a stronger presence in the Western Balkans region amid “growing militancy of the government of Serbia”.

In an open letter published on Monday – addressed to the US Senate and House committees on foreign relations, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan – the signatories expressed alarm about what it called Serbia’s growing aggression towards Kosovo, but also increasingly towards Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro.

Western Balkan groups call for US engagement to counter Serbia | Politics News | Al Jazeera

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