Russians and Bosnians

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Russians and Bosnians

Historically and politically, the Bosnians and the Russians are a
perfect match.This history started in the middle of the first thousand
years A.D. when the tribes called the Southern Slavs migrated into the
southeast area of Europe known as the Balkans. The Slav people as they
are known, were separated from the Northern Slavs, that is, related
Slavs in Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Russia, by the non-slavic tribes
that settled the lands of Austria and Hungary. The Bosnians original
ancestors were the Southern Slavs. They raided areas throught the
Balkans including what is now modern day Serbia.This tribe eventually
split up, mostly for religious and political reasons but also because
the geography of the region is such that large groups of Slavs became
separated and isolated from one another because of the difficult
terrain. When religion came to the Balkans, where you were physically
had as much to do with what religion you grew up with as other
reasons. The Serbs who were closest to the Byzantine Empire
geographically, took up the Eastern Orthodox Religion. The peoples in
what is now Croatia, Slovinia and Bosina were infuenced by Rome and
took up Roman Catholicisim. However, the Bosnians, who were alwasys
being threathned politically by the Orthodox Christian Serbs as well
as their Roman Catholic neighbors, by the fifteenth century had made
apolitical decision to align themselves with the rising power of the
Ottoman Empire, and converted to Islam. Russia, the country where most
of the Southern Slavs came from had accepted the Eastern Orthodox
religion at around the time the Serbs did. This religious bond between
Russians and Serbs was very strong and the two groups supported one
another for virtually their entire history up to and including modern
times. The Serbs supported the Russians in almost all their wars and
helped the Russians gain control of part of the Eastern Mediterraen
from the Turks. This is why the Russians are deeply interested in this
area and feel they have a special role to play in the current
conflict.

The Balkans are the reason that World War I had started. The Serbs of
1914 was as determined then, as they were for centuries, of preserving
their independence in the Balkans. A wider war in the Balkans could
risk the security of Europe, and possibly draw Moslen nations into the
war. On a more imeadiate level, the reason for peace in Bosnia is so
urgent is because cities,

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