Republika Srpska Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining, Petar Djokic, said that the tribute was paid yesterday in Banjaluka to historical role of the Romanov family in developing the relations between the Russian and Serbian peoples by laying wreaths at a monument to Nicholas II of Russia, commemorating the 100 years since the execution of the Romanov Imperial family.
Djokic, who laid a wreath on behalf of the Srpska Government together with Minister of Labour, War Veterans and Disabled Persons Protection of Srpska, Milenko Savanovic, has noted that preparatory works for consecration of the foundation of the Russian-Serb church in the coming period should be completed, which will be built in honor of Emperor Nicholas and the Romanov family.
“The Government of Republika Srpska has already allocated BAM 3 million for this project and we expect that the largest part of the preparatory works for the consecration of the church foundation will be completed within the next few months,” Djokic, who after the laying of wreaths visited the construction site, told reporters.
He has expressed expectation that high-level officials from the Russian Federation will attend the event that will be another confirmation of the ties between the Russian and Serb peoples, as well as the cooperation between Republika Srpska and Russia.
Djokic has assessed that the Republika Srpska and Serbia peoples’ tendency towards Russia and the Russian people is not strange, because, as he pointed out, Russian bombs were never dropped over the heads of the Serbs and Orthodox people.
“Russian bullets were never fired on us, thus this is a fact we highly respect. Therefore we are grateful for everything that Russia does to make the global world more righteous, better, more advanced, developed and humane,” Djokic has said.
He has noted that Republika Srpska will always support the improvement of cooperation and relations with Russia, but also everything that Russia means globally.
Miladin Mitrovic, a priest and a member of the Imperial Palestinian Orthodox Society in the Banjaluka Department, has stressed the importance of marking the 100th years of the tragic death of the imperial Russian family – Romanov, because the Russian imperials, especially Nicholas II and his family, played a key role in the rescue of the Serb people during the WWI.
“In a really difficult time for Russia, Russian Emperor entered WWI, first of all, to protect the Serb people in the Balkans. Unfortunately, his decision to enter the war ultimately cost him the power and martyrdom that occurred on this day a century ago,” said Mitrovic, who is also the elder of the Church of St Basil of Ostrog in Banjaluka.
He has recalled that the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society was founded in 1882 under the order of the Russian Emperor Alexander III, who was the father of Nicholas II.
“The main goal and task of this Society was to nurture and preserve the interest of Orthodox peoples and countries, especially where the interest of the Serbian Orthodox Church was threatened, while today, the Society is in charge of humanitarian, educational and scientific research activities,” said Mitrovic.