Analyses

Vladimir Orlić: The BIA’s new leading man

BIA Chief: A coveted position    Vladimir Orlić will take over the reins from the Acting Director of the BIA, Tomislav Radovanović, in the post that has been formally vacant since the resignation of Aleksandar Vulin in November 2023. Previous occupiers of this top post had been the subjects of several controversies with Vulin having […]

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How the attention turned from Fico to Vučić

As news broke of the attempted assassination on the Slovak PM, the media stuck to the Serbian President’s quick response. As a guest on public broadcaster RTS 1, Vučić iterated how unimaginable the attempted assassination was for contemporary Europe. Comparing Fico to other politicians of great “political integrity”, the President focused on the strength of […]

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Speaking the Kremlin Language: Who Spoke Out After the Serbian Elections

The Russian narrative about Maidan – the events in Ukraine from 2013/2014, which Russians portray as a foreign-orchestrated coup, while Ukrainians see it as a revolution of dignity that freed Ukraine from decades-long Kremlin influence – seems to have resonated well in public discourse in Serbia. Just as protests against violence due to two massacres […]

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Elections in Serbia and Russia’s pat on the back

When the German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, expressed “enormous concern about tendencies of nationalist propaganda” in Serbia ahead of the elections held on 17 December, the response came at lightning speed. “She is concerned about nationalist tendencies… She probably listened to the speeches of people from the ‘Serbia against Violence’, who suddenly became patriots. Until […]

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Media and Banjska: What news was lost on the way from Pristina to Belgrade?

Ever since the shooting in the village of Banjska, in which a Kosovo police officer was killed, along with four attackers, representatives of the authorities and most of the media maintain the thesis that Albin Kurti is responsible for all the events in northern Kosovo. As Istinomer wrote before, in the first hours after the conflict, the […]

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TV Pink’s new shows – what are the limits of parody?

As one of “a dozen new original television projects”, the owner of Pink, Željko Mitrović, announced on his Instagram account a format called “Žeks’ antics”, that is, “SSSS (The Funny Side of Serbian Unity). That announcement, which also reached TV Pink’s central news, was accompanied by a video sequence featuring the guest appearance of the […]

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Putin’s recipe in Vučić’s kitchen

The All-Russian People’s Front was formed before the 2021 presidential election, in support of Putin’s candidacy, after the end of Medvedev’s presidential mandate. First and foremost, there was the electoral logic of such a move. Putin’s party, United Russia, had been in power for ten years, and at that point it was facing serious problems. […]

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How did Serbia become the biggest victim of the war in Ukraine?

From the first hours of the war in Ukraine until today, the media in Serbia went through different stages – from the fact that “Ukraine attacked Russia”, all the way through calling it a “special operation” and not a war, to accepting the reality, but with cheering for Vladimir Putin’s regime and his actions on […]

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