Over 21,000 Kosovo Serbs Seek Russian Citizenship


More than 20,000 Kosovo Serbs have applied for Russian citizenship, Serbian media reported citing Zlatibor Djordjevic, a spokesman for the Old Serbia movement.

“We have handed over 21,733 Russian citizenship requests to the Russian embassy in Belgrade,” the Beta news agency quoted Djordjevic as saying.

He said the letter, addressed to the Russian State Duma, will be delivered to the lower chamber of the Russian parliament via the Foreign Ministry. The Russian Foreign Ministry is yet to comment on the reports.

Djordjevic added that more Serbs may turn to Russia for protection.

“By all possible means, we tried to get protection from our country, but it pushes us back into the state which we refuse to recognize,” Djordjevic said, adding that his supporters do not recognize any agreements reached during talks between Pristina and Belgrade, which began this March in Brussels with the EU mediation.

Kosovo, a landlocked region with a population of mainly ethnic Albanians, declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008. About 5-10 percent of Kosovo two-million-people population are ethnic Serbs.

Tensions flared in Kosovo’s ethnic Serb enclave in northern Kosovo in October after Albanian Kosovars installed their customs officers at the Jarinje and Brnjak border crossings with Serbia.

Ria Novosti

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One thought on “Over 21,000 Kosovo Serbs Seek Russian Citizenship

  • November 15, 2011 at 5:22 am

    My dear reader,the truth about the above topic is that: Serb People that live in the North of Kosovo are Driven by ultra right wing propaganda.Since there is a Do or Die mentality in that group, there is a very little room for tolerance. Do we have differences? Yes we have, but in this case is as if “My step Mother don’t love me, so I’ll sleep with the Mill Man”.Serbs at some point in history were an Empire, and I’m sure that they are Proud of Mr. Dusan,but this not the 1300ed, and they need to wake up. In the few years it will be as if crossing form NY to NJ,and they better understand that. What EU and US are doing is to open the doors, so that Goods well move. The most important thing is to have both our people survive, and not jump the ship and go the other way.Whatever is going on in our community,between us is for us to solve, because we are married for life and nothing can separate us.Serbs of Kosovo and the other ethnic groups that live there are one. So please be patient.


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