U.S. Sanctions Bosnian Serb Leader Milorad Dodik for ‘Destabilizing and Corrupt Activities’

The United States Treasury Department on Jan. 5 imposed new sanctions on Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, accusing him of corruption and destabilizing Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

The sanctions involve the freezing of assets and banning of visas.

The Treasury Department said Dodik, a member of the Presidency of BiH, has threatened to create a breakaway Serb army, undermining the stability of the Western Balkans region.

“His divisive ethno-nationalistic rhetoric reflects his efforts to advance these political goals and distract attention from his corrupt activities. Cumulatively, these actions threaten the stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of BiH and undermine the Dayton Peace Accords, thereby risking wider regional instability,” the Treasury Department said.

The Treasury Department also imposed sanctions on media outlet Alternativna Televizija d.o.o. Banja Luka (ATV), which is privately owned by a company closely linked to Dodik’s family.

The Treasury Department accused Dodik of using ATV “to deliberately and expressly further his own agenda, which includes his efforts to denigrate other political figures, burnish his public image, and advance his own personal and political goals.”

Dodik also used ATV as another avenue for his corrupt activities by funneling money directly from public companies to the media outlet, the Treasure Department said.

“The United States will not hesitate to act against those who pursue corruption, destabilization, and division at the expense of their own people, as well as against those who enable and facilitate this behavior,” Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson said.

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