Russian President Vladimir Putin honored the President of Republika Srpska Milorad Dodik with the Order of Alexander Nevsky for his “great contribution in developing cooperation between the Russian Federation and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and enhancing partnership with Republika Srpska.” The Order of Alexander Nevsky is one of the highest civilian honors of the Russian Federation, named in honor of Saint Alexander Nevsky (1220-1263), one of Russia’s greatest heroes of the Middle Ages.
The President of Republika Srpska said that he was honored to receive the award from the Russian President, which was presented by the Ambassador of Russia to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor Kalabuhov. “I am proud,” Milorad Dodik wrote on Twitter, posting the Russian president’s decree bestowing the award upon him.
Dodik has declared that Republika Srpska will not impose anti-Russian sanctions demanded by the West and has instead developed ties with Russia and China. He also said that while the republic would continue on its path to join the European Union, it has rejected NATO membership. As a result, the United States and the United Kingdom have imposed sanctions on him.