RSHC in the spotlight
Over the past few weeks, local and international media have shown special interest in the activities of the Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center. In the past, many "friends" of the RSHC wrote about it as a "spy nest" and "military base".
Euronews, Al Jazeera, France Press, Vesti Belgrade and Sputnik Agency were guests during last two weeks. They got acquainted with the Center, its warehouses, training complex, situational center, talked with the employees. Even dog Alpa (mentioned by D. Rogozin in his interview in Belgrade on June 25th) got attention from the press. They were interested in everything - what, where and when. And if there will be no any changes, this month Center will be visited by Americans (USA), Austrians and most probably by the head of the OSCE mission. Since the beginning of this year, the Center has already been "carefully examined" by correspondents from Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom and representatives of the Balkan media portals.
A few days ago, the Center's leaders were invited to the "live broadcast" in the Pink 3 channel studio, where they were answering questions of the presenter for one and a half hour. Russia did not stand aside: the Russian journal of the Ministry of Civil Defense "Civil Protection" published detailed material on the work of the Center since its inception.
Quotations from several reports:
Borjan Jovanovski, Euronews: "The future of the Center remains uncertain. Everyone knows that Russia has its own interests, which go back deep into history ... The Balkan peoples feel close to Russian Slavic and Orthodox culture."
Senka Milos, Sputnik Agency: "American officials are constantly repeating as a mantra: The Center in Nis is spy center. Despite of it, everyone can visit the Center, inspect the reserves, training grounds and make sure that the Center is doing exactly what it says - emergency humanitarian response."
Tim Yodah, "The Economist": "As the influence of America and the EU in the Western Balkans has diminished, Russia is trying to fill the vacuum." At the same time he emphasizes that "... in the Center's warehouse there are tents, generators, inflatable boats and other property intended to provide assistance in case of natural disasters - floods, forest fires, etc. ... Moreover, the Center shares a building with several local Commercial IT companies."
The Center hopes that the Center's openness and readiness to communicate with the media will make a real impression of the true work of the RSHC - the EMERGENCY HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE.