The monument, produced by the "Braca Radovic" art studio from Belgrade, was supposed to be lowered onto its crag with the aid of an Army of Srpska helicopter, but because of its weight (a ton and a half) the helicopter's engine gave up. Then it was decided to raise the monument manually to its elevated site, but this undertaking failed too. Then they sent a request to SFOR, to allow them to use a Serbian army helicopter of greater capacity, but the request was turned down. The Vozd is for the time being ensconced on a meadow beside the Dobrun monastery.
A procession led by Patriarch Pavle, Metropolitan Nikolaj and other church dignitaries, and by representatives of the present-day power structures on both banks of the Drina - Vojislav Kostunica, [president of Srpska] Dragan Cavic, president of the Srpska national assembly Dusan Stojicic, [Serb member of the B-H presidency] Borislav Paravac and premier of Srpska Dragan Mikerevic - decided to visit the Dobrun scene. On the bridge built by the Ottoman Empire's great builder Mehmed-pasha Sokolovic, Paravac made a speech in which he appealed to all people of good will to help financially the restoration of a monument that is part of world cultural heritage.
The delegation next set off towards a little bridge funded by an American businessman of Serb origin Slobodan Pavlovic, also described as a significant architectural undertaking. Pavlovic was so familiar with the site on which the little bridge is built that he was unable to divine the name of the stream it spanned. He called the river Rzana instead of Rzav, provoking a reaction from a lady standing behind him who kept whispering to him: "Rzav, Rzav". But why should Pavlovic care whether it was Rzav or Rzana? He is a "trans-Atlantic patriot" who turned up in Srpska after the war as an investor, not as a humanitarian. This means that Pavlovic always calculates that his investment must produce a twofold or threefold return. For example, he has already had an ample return on the money he put into the Pavlovic bridge near Bijeljina, by charging toll.
The Srpska delegation went for a boat-ride too, on the artificial lake of the Visegrad hydro-electric station, and also made its way to the town's Cultural Center, where things were more than interesting. To the surprise of associates of Milorad Dodik [leader of the opposition Independent Social Democrats, SNSD] (and others), the Srpska police chief Radomir Njegus - who recently sent Dodik an official letter asking him to present himself for questioning at the Police headquarters - went up to Dodik and greeted him warmly. Out of nowhere, the former B-H Presidency member Mirko Sarovic and his crony Slavko Tosovic (the suspended mayor of the Serb New Sarajevo municipality, suspected of being part of the network of support for Radovan Karadzic), popped up and likewise buttonholed Dodik. The SNSD leader politely excused himself and went off to visit the fifty-odd unfortunates in the Visegrad refugee settlement, whom God himself has forgotten about.
The Dobrun festivities; suppers with gusle [Serb folk instrument] music at Sula in honor of Radovan Karadzic; the organization of a function headlined "Contribution to the Truth" at Medun near Podgorica (also in honor of Radovan Karadzic, where the guests included Luka Karadzic, Bishop Amfilohije Radovic, the poet Rajko Petrov Nogo, the painter Nikola Kusovac and others from the International Council for Truth about Radovan Karadzic) - all these are really part of a nationalist political campaign launched by the Serbian Orthodox Church. "Those who are ready to die for their guts, and not for the holy cross and golden freedom, do not belong to the Montenegrin people, but to the people of gut-worshippers" - this was the message addressed by Bishop Amfilohije from the Medun gathering to all "gut-worshippers" on both sides of the Drina, for some strange reason particularly targeting the Montenegrins!?