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OFAC Sanctions Bosnian Serb President's Children, Companies

The Office of Foreign Assets Control last week sanctioned two people and four entities for being a part of Serb Republic President Milorad Dodik’s “patronage network” and supporting his “ongoing corruption,” including by allowing him to siphon public funds to enrich himself and his family. OFAC said Dodik uses his position in the Serb Republic, one of two entities making up Bosnia and Herzegovina, to “accumulate personal wealth through graft, bribery, and other forms of corruption.”

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The agency designated Dodik’s son, Igor, and daughter, Gorica, for aiding in the corruption. Igor Dodik has bribed opposition politicians in exchange for “critical information and election observer positions at polling locations,” OFAC said, and Gorica Dodik handles political and business activities for her father, including several entities that receive “substantial” government funding at “Dodik’s direction.”

OFAC also sanctioned four Serb entities that receive public assistance through “preferential treatment” because they are owned by the Dodik family: Global Liberty d.o.o. Laktasi, Agro Voce d.o.o. Laktasi, Agape Gorica Dodik i Ivana Dodik s.p. Banja Luka, and Fruit Eco d.o.o. Gradiska. The agency said they operate in the restaurant and wholesale materials sectors.