In May this year, Serbian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin met with Russian National Security Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, to whom he allegedly handed over footage from the Security Intelligence Agency (BIA) with information about a meeting of Russian opposition leaders in Belgrade.
The suspicions that there is a joint coordination of the authorities in Russia and Serbia for the suppression of mass demonstrations and that there are experiences being exchanged on this topic were added even after the meeting that Vulin had with Patrushev before the last protest on Saturday.
According to Nova.rs, in a meeting held by Vulin and Patrushev in late May, Vulin handed over to Moscow the official recordings of a meeting of the Russian opposition in Belgrade, made by the BIA, where the conversations between the opposition Andrei Pivovarov and Vladimir Kara- Murz had been recorded.
Shortly after the meeting, news broke that Pivovarov had been arrested getting off a plane in St. Petersburg and now faces up to six years in prison for “participating in an unwanted organization.”
Information about Pivovarov’s arrest was published by Kara-Murza, claiming Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko are “almost twins”.
Kara-Murza spoke out against information that Police Minister Vulin had handed Patrushev the recordings of his conversations with Pivovar, saying that the readiness of the Serbian authorities to “stand on their own two feet in front of the big brother from the Kremlin” is touching.
Recently, the Serbian minister visited Moscow again. Following the meeting, Vulin and Patrushev announced the establishment of a “joint working group to fight the color revolutions”, whose task will be to prevent demonstrations and to continuously monitor opposition activists, non-governmental organizations and independent journalists.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a critic of the Kremlin, also spoke on this occasion.
Serbian secret police allegedly recorded conversations of Russian activists and lost them to the FSB (Federal Security Service). “History is not learning, but The Hague is waiting,” he wrote on the social network Twitter.
While the entire democratic public in Russia is shocked by the fact that the Serbian government is suggesting the Russian opposition to defend Moscow’s favor, Police Minister Alexander Vulin, of course, does not speak on the occasion.
Earlier it was reported that Russia and Serbia had secretly formed a joint working group to fight against color revolutions, whose task is to quell mass demonstrations of citizens.
In addition, a joint body of Serbian and Russian authorities should oversee opposition leaders, independent media and civil society organizations, writes the portal Vijesti.