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EU Albanischen Todes System in Skopje: SDS&DUI doctors with bought diplomas = 3 newborns dead at Skopje Clinic

SDS&DUI doctors with bought diplomas = 3 newborns dead at Skopje Clinic

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The Gynecology Clinic informed on Wednesday that a triplet of babies have died after a C-section delivery on Monday. The mother was admitted to the hospital with sharp abdominal pains and a burst amniotic sac.

Doctors opted for C-section delivery, even though the mother was in the 27th week of pregnancy, in order to prevent the cut of oxygen supply to the babies. Re-animation was attempted to all three babies, who were admitted for intensive neonatal care, but died on the following day.

Health Ministry informed that it has a committee to examine the case in detail and to see whether the mother and the babies were handled according to protocol. A similar committee was formed by the State Sanitary and Health inspection.

Macedonia’s Health Minister Arben Taravari who is in Amsterdam for 22 days has not issued a statement. Taravari has replaced over 50 doctors at State Clinics with questionable doctors who have received their diplomas in Tirana and Prishtina, where it’s said you can purchase one for 8,000 euros. http://www.minareport.com/2017/08/23/sdsdui-doctors-with-bought-diplomas-3-newborns-dead-at-skopje-clinic/

Anti Mafia Italien: The Evolution of Albanian Crime in Italy

The Evolution of Albanian Crime in Italy

By Piero Innocenti, 6 hours ago

The Evolution of Albanian Crime in Italy

Already seventeen years ago, the concerns of our security services about Albanian crime in the country had been expounded in an articulate report of the Investigative Anti-Mafia Directorate (DIA) entitled “The Albanian Hazard.” At that time there was talk of gangs but also of “clans that had a mafioso character” and it was shown that they had taken root in territories left behind by Italian crime. It also warned of “signals that bring us to believe that Albanians are beginning to occupy spaces even in the strongholds of organized Italian crime.” Likewise, in the specific chapter on narcotics, in a section of “conclusions,” the report spoke of an “evolution towards genuinely mafioso models of Albanian criminal organizations involved in drug trafficking” with the consequence of making police activities in general more difficult.

In short, the weakening of the clan and family affiliations, always very strong in Albania, which characterized the first Albanian criminal cells settled in Apulian territory as the volume of “business” increased, was the signal that Albanian crime would evolve into more developed criminal organizational structures.

The analysis was definitely valid and today Albanian crime “turns out to be consolidated” in various Italian regions, starting from Puglia, a territory that “still represents a compulsory entry point for illegal traffic from Albania and the Balkan area in general. ” In this regard, the most recent DIA report of 2016 shows that there were 280 Albanians detained in the Italian prisons for mafia-type offenses such as drug and contraband trafficking, coming in second after the Romanians.

The experience gained in narcotics trafficking, in particular marijuana and heroin, has allowed Albanian criminal groups to become major providers of such drugs in relations with Italian organized crime. In some cases, they also managed to carry out the processing and refinement (in 2016, the police forces identified three laboratories, one in the province of Bergamo, one in Padua, and one in the province of Bari, destined for the refining of the narcotics).

The most recent Balkan drug operation of the police of Dubrovnik and the Guardia di Finanza of Como who, the investigations for which started in 2012, resulted in the seizure of one ton of marijuana in Catania, and the investigation of 60 people for international drug trafficking, including 37 Albanians.

The other area of criminal interest for Albanians, according to the DIA, is the exploitation of prostitution, which “continues to be accomplished through established schemes following the general tendency to autonomous management of the whole chain, without completely precluding cooperation with other groups or criminals, especially Romanians.” Numerous police operations have highlighted the trend toward more and more organized and “industrial” management of this phenomenon, which begins with direct recruitment in Albania by the same people that take care of the exploitation in Italy and continuing with the logistic predisposition to follow aggregation and control the activities of the women who are constantly “turned over” in various cities, with frequent displacement from city to city. There is frequent use of coercive and violent means to set “examples” and to suppress any “insubordinate” behavior.

This is on the whole a rather bleak picture destined to get worse due to an “evolution of the criminal policies of Albanians toward increasingly complex forms of crimes also with the collaboration of Italian criminals,” even in the arms and explosives trade.

Previously published by Antimafia.

Albanian Mafia and Zaev’s police junta kidnaps former SDS Official Ljupcho Palevski

Zaev’s police junta kidnaps former SDS Official Ljupcho Palevski

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Former high ranking SDS official Ljupcho Palevski was detained (kidnapped) by police this evening, allegedly on request by the SPO. However, the SPO mandate officially ended in July, thus any sort of request for arrest by the SPO is illegal.

Things become a bit more clearer if one takes into account who and more importantly what Palevski did during the past year and why this arrest by the SDS junta is not at all surprising.

Ljupco Palevski was former high ranking SDS official and close collaborator of Branko Crvenkovski, however removed himself once Zaev took over the party. Palevski during the past year was very active in outing Zaev’s alliance with the Albanian mafia and the fact he received a property from them in Switzerland as a ‘gift’. Palevski later posted photos of SDS officials meeting with CIA operatives in a Skopje coffee shop at midnight few weeks before the elections.

In addition, Palevski on his FB profile on several occasions has stated the US Ambassador runs the country, Zaev simply receives his marching orders. Palevski went as far to say, Zaev receives written notes on his desk what his daily tasks are.

To say that Palevski was a marked man by Prime Minister Baily would be an understatement.
Just as in previous incidents, police has not released any information where was Palevski taken, or on what charges he was detained in the first place.

Update: Palevski has been released from custody. In a short interview with Skopje based media he stated his “activity” on FaceBook and YouTube was the reason for his detainment.

Palevski: Albanian Mafia gave Zaev millions in cash, property in Switzerland
Friday, 07 April 2017
It’s not just the millions Zaev has received from the Albanian mafia in Switzerland, but they also handed him a property in Bern, says Ljupco Palevski, former high ranking official in the SDSM.

Interview below:

 

Kumanova Teroristen, 2015 aus Polizei Archiven und Albanischen Medien

Bulgarische Behörden gehen gegen „Ballermann“ Sauf Clubs wegen Lärm Belästigung vor

15 Aug 17

Bulgarian Deputy PM’s Disco Raids Spark Backlash

Bulgaria’s deputy premier Valeri Simeonov, who led raids on nightclubs in the Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach in which a popular DJ was arrested, has caused controversy with his ‘war on noise’.

Mariya Cheresheva
BIRN

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Clubs in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria. Photo: stephan_e/Flickr

Valeri Simeonov, deputy prime minister in charge of the economy and the social sector from the nationalist United Patriots coalition, who staged a series of nocturnal raids on noisy discos in Sunny Beach at the weekend, warned on Monday that he will extend his personal crackdown to other tourist resorts.

Simeonov told a press briefing in the coastal city of Burgas that he has “waged a war on noise on the Black Sea coast”.

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On Friday and Saturday night, teams of police, tax and health control authorities, led by the deputy prime minister himself, raided two night clubs, Oxygen and Bedroom in Sunny Beach, carrying out checks and confiscating sound equipment on charges that they had exceeded sound limits.

During the Friday night checks, the popular hip-hop DJ Stanislav Peev, known as DJ Stancho, was arrested at the Oxygen club for refusing to hand his personal laptop to the police officers, which sparked outrage.

Peev told Bulgarian National Television on Monday that he will probably seek to defend his rights in court.

Tourist agencies have for years used Sunny Beach’s low prices for accommodation and services to attract as many holidaymakers as possible.

The low prices brought in tourists excited by the idea of cheap alcohol, while poorly-regulated and hasty construction work turned this once calm and green Communist-era family resort into an overdeveloped, noisy and polluted destination.

After a surge in tourist visits in recent years, state institutions and local businesses have mulled different ideas aimed at polishing up the image of the country’s largest seaside resort, including establishing a tourist police force and introducing fines for drunken tourists.

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Elena Ivanova, president of the Union of Owners in Sunny Beach, expressed concerns however about Simeonov’s hardline approach.

“What I can say for sure is that business is not comfortable [with the nocturnal raids], she said.

“This is not how things should be done. Such checks are a job for the relevant supervising institutions. We, the owners, would never back violators,” Ivanova added.

She called the raids “a strange PR stunt”.

She also said that the state had left the market to regulate Sunny Beach’s development and image without imposing any of its own regulations for over 15 years, “for better or for worse”.

“Now, when everything is ready and functioning, imposing radical measures is, to put it lightly, unprofessional… Let’s not kill the resort by trying to turn it into a destination for pensioners,” she added….

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/bulgarian-government-s-night-club-raids-spark-controversy-08-14-2017

Schlimmer wie die Mafia: Fact-checking the European Commission’s press conference on the Commissioners’ expenses

Transparency of Commissioners’ travel expenses “disproportionate” says European Commission

Madrid, 27 July 2017 – Access Info has described as extremely regrettable that six months after 120 European citizens requested access to last year’s travel expenses of the 28 EU Commissioners, the Commission has taken a unilateral decision to disclose data just for January and February 2016, and that it will not contemplate any greater transparency. Furthermore, in response to

 Fact-checking the European Commission’s press conference on the Commissioners’ expenses

Madrid, 14 August 2017 – On 9 August, European Commission spokesperson Mina Andreeva faced a barrage of questions from journalists about the European Commissioners’ travel expenses, after two months of detailed data was disclosed following a three-year campaign by Access Info Europe.

Access Info has fact-checked some of Andreeva’s key statements.

1. “We do publish mission expenses whenever we are asked to provide information.

The European Commission has been hugely resistant to publishing this information. After a long campaign by Access Info and 120 requesters from around Europe who submitted, in total, over 200 requests, we have managed to obtain only two months of data from 2016 and a handful of travel expenses from previous years. This is the very first time such detailed information has been disclosed.

2. “You have the whole budget of the European Union that contains a section with administrative expenses – Heading 5 – that is online available to you, how much money we spend.

The European Commission does publish an overall figure for mission expenses, which is the total amount found in the EU budget line. You can’t get any details on what the money was spent on from this.

3. “… every access to documents request is handled on its own merits, on a case-by-case basis, and then we decide what information to provide.

The European Commission did not handle the 189 requests on a case-by-case basis. Rather, the Commission refused to register 152 of the requests, did not process 188 of the requests, and failed to respond to 51 appeals. The Commission then lumped all the requests into one, wrongly attributed them to a single requester – Access Info Europe – and then said it would be too much work to provide all the information.  Indeed, the Commission explicitly stated that it “does not intend to send individual communications on the handling of the requests to the applicants,” refusing to acknowledge these requests were filed separately by individual citizens on their own initiative.

4. “We communicate very transparently on all the missions that Commissioners are carrying out. (…) When it comes to actual details, every mission is made available to you …

The Commission is transparent about events and missions, publicising where and when these take place. The Commission does not make transparent how much these missions cost, per trip.

5. “We are one of the most transparent administrations in the world

Difficult claim to fact check but we note that when it comes to travel expenses of Ministers and senior officials, the EU is not one of the most transparent administrations, not even in Europe.

6. “I do not think it’s possible to, on a case-by-case basis, publish all the mission expenses for everyone travelling … there are also proportionality rules, and the Court of Justice [of the European Union] has held that an access to documents request need to be proportionate to the workload they entail.

There are rules and jurisprudence around proportionality of requests and the burden to answer. They must be applied to each individual request.

7. “…with regards to the proportionality: of course it entails work if you have to list how many people travel for a delegation, what a normal commercial airplane price would have been unless you charter an airplane… So of course there is work to be done to compile these things and make them available in a manner that responds to the actual access to documents request.

The Spokesperson seems here not to know the details of the EU’s access to documents rules. There is a right to request actual documents (not information) so there is no need to do extra work, simply removing personal or sensitive data and providing the documents. That was done in this case but only for a part of the documents.

In this case, all that each of the 189 requests asked for were a relatively small number of documents (not more than 10 per request) with no need for calculations or further information that would entail extra work. If the press service needs to explain the documents to journalists or add relevant context, as was done in this press conference, that is a separate matter, is part of the Commission’s duties when it comes to assisting the press, and may never be included in time calculations of requests made by citizens.

8. Referring to Junker’s €27,000 air taxi: “This is an incomplete amount that was there published because this is obviously the amount of an entire mission [to Rome]

The amount was based on a travel claim form submitted in Jean Claude Junker’s name; nothing on the document provided indicates that it was for an entire mission, nor that nine people were travelling with him.

9. “It’s in the interest to find a balanced solution to every request and at the same time be transparent by publishing what our Commissioners are doing.

https://www.access-info.org/article/29407

EU – Albanians System: „funds are stolen by heads of responsible institutions“

According to the perception that exists among Albanians, funds are stolen by heads of responsible institutions and companies that perform the construction works.

Meanwhile, IMF says that investments are not efficient, therefore it believes that “Albania is part of the group of countries with the lowest efficiency of investments”.

Meanwhile, the World Bank is even more direct in the focus of the problem, which is also a public opinion perception. “At least 30% of the funds spent on public projects are misused either as a result of corruption or by delaying projects”, the World Bank says. Albania is lacking highways that meet world standards. Mostly, authorities in the country have built dual carriage roads with no emergency lanes and no lighting. Balkaneu

 

th, the Probation has sent 300 bracelets to the union of operators. The latter, after being asked by Minister Bardhi to turn them back, replied by saying that the contract for selling them was implemented immediately and that the Justice Ministry has received them. They also said that Bardhi’s request was abusive, to put under pressure the cooperation of operators, for corruptive purposes.

Despite this, Minister Bardhi states that there are 300 bracelets missing from his institution with a total value of 2 million EUR. Documents show that these equipments are being administered illegally by the union of operators and not by the Ministry of Justice that bought them. For this reason, Bardhi said that he will address the Prosecution for any case.

Weit überteuert wie immer, wo auch bei freundlichster Betrachtung über 1,5 Millionen € gestohlen wurden: Verantwortlich damals: General Sekretärin: Juliana Hoxha (Sekretare e Përgjithshme) im Justiz Ministerium. Ob diese eingesetzte FRau, der Weltweit bekannten Verbrecher Organisatzion Kanditierte als Abgeordnete dann für die Edi Rama Partei in Tirana.

„Ms. Hoxha is a candidate of the Socialist Party for the general elections of June 25 in the area of Tirana.“

The Albanian Justice Minister, Gazemdt Bardhi, raise alarms that in his institution are missing 300 tracking bracelets for electronic supervision of people sentenced with probation.

Bardhi said that his ministry has received 300 bracelets in March, together with their SIM cards with a total value of 2 million EUR.

The equipment was sent for administration to the electronic supervision room at the General Directory of Probation. But, according to the Minister, the procedure was not based on the laws.

Von der EU mit dem erpressten Posten als General Direktorin im Justiz Ministerium eingesetzt, obwohl man keinerlei Erfahrung hat, nur in den Pseudo Georg Soros Fake Institutionen, wo man nur betrügen lernt, mit Phantom Berichten und in der bekanntlich extrem schlechten Albanischen Bildung, wo man ebenso Millionen stiehlt.

Die Empfangs Bestätigung, für 300 Geräte mit Serien Nummer, durch das Justiz Ministerium.

 

2.000.000 Millionen teurer Betrug des Petrit Vasili: der Vertrag
Juliana Hoxha

Der komplette 12 -seitige Vertrag:

Juliana Hoxha,  Berufs Betrügerin, Null Kompetenz und Berufs Erfahrung noch eine Berufs Ausbildung: wichtigste EU Verbindung im bei der Justiz Sabotage im Sinne der Verbrecher Kartelle  des Edi Rama. EU Betrug wird durch solche Leute und als Partner geregelt. Eingesetzt durch die Georg Soros, EU Mafia in die Schlüsselstellung im Justiz Ministerium um Geld in Tradition zustehlen. Erfahrung für den Posten: absolut Null.

Original Mafia Mehrfach EU finanzierte Funktionen, schreibt die Frau den ganzen Müll: auch die Berichte über Albanien EU finanziert im Camorra Stile, über http://www.partnersalbania.org,

Head of the organisation: Juliana Hoxha: Zeitgleich leitet die Frau neben dem höchsten Direktoren Posten im Justiz Ministerium, auch Partners-Albania mit Workshop um weitere EU Gelder zustehlen. Langzeit Erfolgs Modell, das man zum Geld Diebstahl, die Posten an Kriminelle verkauft in allen Ministerien und Institutionen. Diese Frau war im Auftrage der EU auch noch für Beamten Recht zuständig, schwafelt nur dummes Zeug daher, als sie entlassen wurde, weil sie im Wahlkampf des Edi  Rama, sogar Parlaments Kandidatin war, illegal ihr Amt missbrauchte, was auch per Gesetz schon lange verboten ist. Der IQ auf dem Standard Null Niveau der EU, functional illerate wie die meisten Albaner.

War im übelsten Tirana Betrugs Müll Direktorin: Orginal Betrugs NGO, von USAID, der Georg SOROS „Open Society“, wo man nur Hirn Müll lernt: Partners-Albania, Center for Change and Conflict Management


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Partner der grössten EU Betrugs Organisation in Europa und in Albanien auch früher mit Klaus Klipp unterwegs: Hier Original aus der Website des Council von Europa, ein Interview

Juliana Hoxha: Interview, during the 28th Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, about Roma Inclusion on local level

Anfang Juni: Ebenso wurde die Generalsekretärin Julian Hoxha, des Justizministerin gefeuert, weil die Frau keine Gesetze kennt,

Der Justizminister warnt, das Millionen teure Elektronische Fussfessel System (2.000.000 €)gestohlen wurden, was sowieso seit Jahren nicht funktionierte nachdem Kriminelle  Ex-Justiz Minister, offensichtlich sehr einfach das System aushebelten, direkt übernahmen, unter den Bearbeiten Datum und Uhrzeit ändern. Angeblich sind die Fussfesseln, für ein technisches Update, inklusive SIM Karten bei den Herstellern, welche nicht einmal Antwort geben, wohl auch nicht existieren. Unterschrieben auf Firmen Seite haben:

http://albania.de/eu-finanzierter-edi-rama-justiz-stile-diebstahl-der-eletronische-fussfesseln-systeme-attentat-am-hellichten-tag-erneut-in-tirana/


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BBC video shows hungry bears looking for food in Romanian town

 

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Romania is home to a large population of brown bears, which sometimes leave the forests to look for food in the towns nearby.

BBC News has published a short video that shows how several bears are walking on the streets of a Romanian town, trying to find some food. While some people are enjoying the encounter with the wild animals, others are not that happy as the big bears are causing some damages sometimes.

“Romania is home to 60% of Europe’s brown bears. Here’s what happens when they visit the locals in the central counties of Harghita and Prahova,” reads the video’s presentation.

BBC News published the video on both its website and the Facebook page.

 

In early July, the environment minister announced that she would issue a minister order that would allow the killing of 175 bears this year. The announcement was made after hundreds of people from Harghita, Covasna, and Mures counties protested in Bucharest for the right to hunt bears. They said that these animals’ attacks on domestic animals, crops, and people have increased.

More bear attacks registered in central Romania county

Die NATO Mafia mit Zoran Zaev, erhöht umgehend die Militär Ausgaben in Mazedonien

With an eye on NATO membership, Macedonia raises defence spending

03 August 2017

Six Macedonian Mi-24V helicopters are being overhauled in Ukraine. Source: IHS Markit/Igor Bozinovski

The new government of Macedonia will accelerate the nation’s integration into NATO and the EU and raise defence spending to fund the modernisation of the Army of the Republic of Macedonia (ARM) so it can increase its involvement in NATO-led missions, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said in his address to the Adriatic Charter summit held in Podgorica, Montenegro, on 2 August.

„We expect Macedonia to be the 30th member of NATO. We are investing energy into regional co-operation, opening the country towards its neighbors. We signed yesterday the friendship treaty with Bulgaria and we are intensifying co-operation with other regional states.“

In the summit co-hosted by Zaev and his Montenegrin counterpart, Dusko Markovic, and attended by US Vice President Michael Pence, the Macedonian Prime Minister said his country sees the US as its loyal strategic partner.

A tight 2017 defense budget of EUR101 million (USD119.6 million), representing 1.1% of the nation’s GDP, gives little room for serious modernisation of the armed forces.

However, after years of delays and priority given to modernising the internal security forces to the detriment of the ARM, the modernisation of Macedonia’s armed forces was finally initiated by the previous conservative government in Skopje in November 2014, which allocated more than EUR200 million for multi-year financing of a dozen modernisation projects. This included the general overhaul and upgrade of Mi-8/17 and Mi-24 helicopters, procurement of new 4×4 and 8×8 armoured personnel carriers, 155 mm self-propelled howitzers, the modernisation of the nation’s fleet of T-72A main battle tanks, the procurement of various personal equipment, as well as more sophisticated systems for special forces and improvements to the country’s air surveillance and air defense capabilities to engage targets up to a range of 3,000 m.

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Die Albanische Mafia rund um den Skhoder See – Choppy Waters in the Fight against Montenegrin Poachers

Umwelt Probleme und Taliban identische Zerstörung durch diese oft extrem dummen Clans, welche sich heute Minister und Polizei, Zoll  Direktoren, oder gar Richter Posten kaufen. Die Intelligenz ist ausgewandert und heute gibt es wo Albaner sich illegal niederlassen nur noch Dreck, Müll, Wasser Verseuchung und Zerstörung der Infrastruktur bis zur Abholzung der Wälder, weil man „functional illerate“ ist, also dümmer wie ein Tier und das zu 59 %. Traum Ziel Deutscher Minister, der EU Ratten, denn nur mit Kriminellen kann man gemeinsam Millionen stehlen, mit Phantom Projekten und Workshops.

Übleste Verbrecher trieben sich dort schon herum, mit US Pass, Profi kriminelle Terroristen wie die Abgesandten des Verbrechers: US Senator Eliot Engel die Bytyci Brüder, welche Waffen Schmuggel über die Grenze als Terroristen betrieben.

Bytyci Terroristen, beim illegalen Grenz Übergang festgenommen in Montenegro in der TUZI Region

2008: Am Skhoder See werden 24 illegale Gebäude abgerissen durch die Task Force und Beschluß des Councils der Albanischen Regierung

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Umwelt Alarm für den Skhoder See, vor allem wegen Abfall Entsorgung

Tummel Platz der Kosovo Mafia vor allem: Rund um den Skhoder See

Grosse Landflächen hat man sich auch in TUZI, wie Ulcinji angeeignet, und in Skhoder, Shengin, rein kriminelle Verbrecher Regionen.

07 Aug 17
Choppy Waters in the Fight against Montenegrin Poachers

Ivan Cadjenovic

They make an odd crime-fighting duo, but two rangers who patrol the largest lake in southern Europe have a reputation for being incorruptible.

Clouds roll over Lake Skadar, the largest freshwater body in southern Europe. Photo: Darko Vuckovic

The engine clattered to a stop and we were adrift in the lake, the waves pushing our speedboat towards the darkness of open water. It was after midnight.

“Fishnets,” groaned the Albanian ranger. “It’ll be tricky to get them off the propeller.”

He rummaged in the boat but all he could find was a small razor.

After more than an hour perched on a ledge over the motor, painstakingly slicing the net from the blades, he finally cut us free. Back in the boat, water dripped from his uniform and sweat from his face.

“Something like this happens almost every night,” he said, then revved the engine to continue our patrol towards a canalof the Moraca river.

From mid-March to mid-May, fishing is banned on Lake Skadar, a vast freshwater system straddling the borders of Albania and Montenegro. You wouldn’t know it though, judging by all the nets.

A little later, the other ranger on board, a Macedonian game warden, battled the wind as he hauled out a fishnet around 100 metres long. It was flapping with a few trapped carp. Some weighed as much as three kilograms.

In the canal of the Moraca river, we found an even longer net with around 20 carp stuck in the mesh. Set free, their scales gleamed in the moonlight as they slipped back in the water – a lucky escape from people too greedy to leave them alone even during spawning season.

“I don’t know if we should be happy or worried because so few fish were caught in the net,” the Montenegrin ranger said.

Scientists warn that there are far fewer fish in the lake than there used to be – and numbers are falling every year. They blame poachers for the decline.

Employed to go on joint night patrols by thepublic company that manages Montenegro’s national parks,the two rangers make quite a pair. They declined to be identified by name.

One, from the Albanian border town of Ostros on the southeast tip of Lake Skadar, is tall, muscular and a man of few words. The other is from the Montenegrin village of Bijelo Polje, northeast of the lake. He’s ropey, tough and talkative.

Known for being incorruptible, the two take a zero-tolerance approach to poaching during spawning season. When it comes to protecting the waterways, they have the best results of any rangers.

Paid little to brave the cold nights, and in constant danger of being attacked by jumpy poachers, they risk their lives because they see the work as essential. They said they’d patrol for free if they had to.

“The whole of Montenegro could live from this lake and its fish, but it’s tragic when we see what people – locals in the first place – are doing with it,” the Montenegrin said.

There are many challenges in safeguarding the lake, they said. For one thing, poachers who use electricity, spears, nets and other illegal means of fishing, somehow get wind of exactly when they’re coming.

Another problem is their employee’s tight finances. Sometimes they don’t even have enough oil for their speedboats.

But they remain committed. Out of love for the lake, they go the extra mile to protect it. They explained how hard it is to support their families on a ranger’s salary – but somehow they get by. Like most Montenegrins and Albanians, they’re not quite sure how. They just do.

The Montenegrin ranger said he was driven by the thought of leaving Lake Skadar in good enough condition for his children to enjoy its beauty, “not to despair of its ruin”.

“When I was a kid and the lake flooded our fields, the other kids and I would play with the carp in the shallows,” he said. “It was full of them. Now I guess it’s totally different.“

Ivan Cadjenovic is a Montenegrin journalist who writes about society and education. For the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, he is investigating ecological issues.

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/blog/choppy-waters-in-the-fight-against-montenegrin-poachers-07-25-2017

2 Czech Tourists Shot Dead in Nord Albania – 2 Tschechische Touristen wurden an einer Banditen Strassen Sperre erschossen