After the U.S. authorities sanctioned twice Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, they now sanctioned his children, son Igor and daughter Gorica, for helping their father in corruption activities. (Photo: Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina)

US Sanctions Bosnian Serb Leader’s Children for Corruption

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The U.S. imposed sanctions on the children of Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik and four companies under their management, highlighting concerns that the Bosnian Serb region, known as Republika Srpska (RS), is increasingly resembling a Dodik family enterprise rather than a political entity within Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

After the U.S. authorities sanctioned twice Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, they now sanctioned his children, son Igor and daughter Gorica, for helping their father in corruption activities. (Photo: Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina)

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said on Friday that Dodik’s adult children, Igor and Gorica, “facilitate Dodik’s ongoing corruption in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s RS entity, allowing him to siphon public funds from the RS and enrich himself and his family at the expense of BiH citizens and functional governance in the country.”

“With the financial and political support of the individuals and entities designated today, Dodik has engaged in corruption that ensures his personal financial and political stability at the expense of BiH citizens living in Republika Srpska,” Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Brian E. Nelson, emphasized.

OFAC noted that since 2021, Dodik had increased his children’s involvement in political and business activities within the RS. The extent of the Dodik family’s corruption raised concerns among nations interested in providing foreign investment to the RS, causing some to refrain from doing so as they believed that financial assistance would likely benefit Dodik and his family rather than RS institutions.

The OFAC statement further claimed that Dodik’s Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD), along with both he and his son, “conspired to bribe political officials, polling station members, and election observers” to manipulate the 2022 state and entity elections.

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