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Romania to deport Serb who fought alongside Russian mercenaries in Donbas
10:09, 15 November 2017
Romania to deport Serb who fought alongside Russian mercenaries in Donbas

Bratislav Zivkovic served with the Russian military contingent, which annexed Crimea in 2014, and then joined the pro-Kremlin militants in eastern Ukraine

10:09, 15 November 2017

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SRI, Romanian special service claimed that the court made a decision to deport Serbian citizen, who is famous for his nationalist and pro-Russian views. Bratislav Zivkovic will be banned from entering the country for 15 years, Radio Liberty reported.

’The special service found out that the 42-year old served with Russian hybrid forces in Ukraine in 2014-2015… he expressed interest in obtaining secret documents about critical infrastructure objects, which belong to NATO troops in southeastern Romania so as to affect the country’s strategic partnership with NATO,’ the SRI representative said.     

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Zivkovic was detained when taking photos of radar stations located on the Romanian coast of the Black Sea, as he tried to send their coordinates.

According to SRI, Zivkovic participated in the Yugoslavian wars of the 1990s; he served with the Serbian armed forces in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Croatia. He also served with the Russian military contingent, which annexed Crimea in 2014, and then joined the pro-Kremlin militants in eastern Ukraine. Zivkovic’s name is on the blacklist of Myrotvorets, Ukraine’s non-governmental database.

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