The icon of Saint Nicholas, which the chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik gave to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, was not stolen and belongs to the family of consecrated icons, the cabinet of the chairman of the Presidency of BiH announced.
“Salvos of fabrications and untruths followed the wrong initial media presentation that it is an icon that is part of the cultural heritage and national treasure, which has not been established anywhere. This is confirmed by the fact that even seven days after the gift is neither confirmed that the icon is on the list missing icons, nor that anyone is looking for it, or that it is part of anyone’s cultural heritage, but despite that, the spread of untruths in the public continues, “said the cabinet.
The cabinet emphasized that the donated icon has its market value, but its value is, above all, reflected in the fact that it is a consecrated Orthodox icon of a great saint, which is very familiar to every Christian.
“After BiH Presidency Chairman Milorad Dodik presented a gift to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, numerous inaccurate allegations and false accusations were made in public by some media, so-called experts, high-ranking BiH officials, and even individuals from Republika Srpska,” said the cabinet of the chairman of the Presidency of BiH.