Srđan Nogo

Srđan Nogo (Serbian Cyrillic: Срђан Ного; born 1981) is a Serbian politician. He was a prominent member of the right-wing Dveri party for several years until his expulsion in February 2019. In August 2020, Nogo was arrested in Belgrade and charged with inciting sedition under article 309 of the Criminal Code of Serbia.[1]

Srđan Nogo
Срђан Ного
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Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia
In office
3 June 2016 – 3 August 2020
Personal details
Born1981 (40 years old)
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian
Political partyDveri (2011–2019)
Independent (2019–present)
Alma materUniversity of Belgrade
OccupationPolitician
Websitesrdjannogo.rs

Nogo has been described in the Serbian media as holding extreme right-wing views.[2]

Early life and careerEdit

Nogo was born in Belgrade,[3] in what was then the Socialist Republic of Serbia in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. His father was a professor at the University of Belgrade, and his mother was a journalist. In his youth, he played basketball for KK Partizan.[4] He subsequently graduated from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, focusing on international law. He joined the journal Dveri Srpske in 2008 and was a founding member of the Dveri organization in 2011.[5]

PoliticianEdit

Nogo was a featured speaker at May 2011 a rally in support of Ratko Mladić held in Banja Luka, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, following the former Bosnian Serb military leader's arrest in Serbia on war crimes charges. Nogo was quoted as saying, "There are more Mladićs in Serbia, they grow and will continue where he stopped."[6] Two years later, he announced that Dveri would seek to bring criminal charges against Serbian government representatives who negotiated the 2013 Brussels Agreement, which normalized some aspects of Serbia's relations with Kosovo.[7]

Nogo received the tenth position on Dveri's electoral list in the 2012 Serbian parliamentary election and the eighth position in the 2014 election.[8][9] He also received the second position on the party's list for the City Assembly of Belgrade in the 2012 Serbian local elections.[10] The party did not cross the electoral threshold to win assembly representation in any of these occasions.

Dveri contested the 2016 election in an alliance with the Democratic Party of Serbia. Nogo received the third position on the combined list and was elected when the list won thirteen mandates.[11] The election was won by the Serbian Progressive Party and its allies, and Nogo sat in opposition. During his time in parliament, he was a member of the committee on the rights of the child, a deputy member of the health and family committee and the committee on human and minority rights and gender equality, and a member of the parliamentary friendship groups with Belarus, China, Greece, Kazakhstan, and Russia.[12]

Nogo also served as chair of the Dveri organization in Belgrade during this time. The party contested the 2018 city assembly election in an unusual alliance with the reformist It's Enough – Restart association, and Nogo appeared its combined electoral list in the largely ceremonial final position.[13] The list failed to win any seats, and Nogo was removed as chair shortly thereafter.[14]

Nogo was removed from the Dveri presidency in October 2018 after saying that Serbian prime minister Ana Brnabić should be hanged if she signed the Dublin Regulation on allowing asylum seekers into the country.[15]

Along with several other opposition parties, Dveri began boycotting the national assembly and Serbia's electoral institutions in early 2019, accusing Aleksandar Vučić and the Serbian government of undermining democracy. Party members, including Nogo, participated in various anti-government protests.

Nogo was expelled from Dveri on 19 February 2019, after bringing a gimmick noose to a protest event (for the purpose, he said, of arguing that no-one in Serbia should kill themselves over matters such as corruption, taxes, and unemployment) and calling on the police to arrest him.[16] Nogo said that his expulsion was illegal.[17][18][19] This notwithstanding, he formally left the Dveri parliamentary group on 23 April 2019.[20]

Nogo was one of the most prominent leaders of the 2020 COVID-19 protests and riots in Serbia; these occurred against the backdrop of the 2020 parliamentary election, of which he supported a boycott.[21] On 3 August 2020, when the new members of the Serbian Parliament were officially being sworn in, Nogo (who no longer had parliamentary immunity) and another former Dveri politician were arrested and charged with inciting sedition under article 309 of the Criminal Code of Serbia.[1][22]

In a November 2020 broadcast, Nogo said that Aleksandar Vučić and his entire family would meet a "tragic end." This statement was strongly criticized in the Serbian media.[23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "MUP potvrdio da je uhapšen Srđan Nogo". Dnevni list Danas (in Serbian). 3 August 2020. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Srđan Nogo izjavio da će Aleksandar Vučić i njegova porodica imati 'tragičan kraj', Radio Television of Serbia, 26 November 2020, accessed 28 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Srđan Nogo". Istinomer (in Serbian). Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  4. ^ Milenković, Piše: M. R. "Srđan Nogo: Košarkaš u politici". Dnevni list Danas (in Serbian). Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  5. ^ SRĐAN NOGO, Otvoreni Parlament, accessed 3 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Big pro-Mladic Bosnia rally stirs Muslim fear," Reuters News, 31 May 2011.
  7. ^ "KOSOVO: ACCORDO, DENUNCE PENALI CONTRO NEGOZIATORI SERBI," ANSA – Foreign Affairs News Service, 24 April 2013.
  8. ^ Избори за народне посланике Народне скупштине, 6. мај 2012. године, ИЗБОРНЕ ЛИСТЕ (ДВЕРИ ЗА ЖИВОТ СРБИЈЕ), Republika Srbija – Republička izborna komisija, accessed 5 October 2017.
  9. ^ Избори за народне посланике Народне скупштине, 6. мај 2012. године, ИЗБОРНЕ ЛИСТЕ (ДВЕРИ – БОШКО ОБРАДОВИЋ), Republika Srbija – Republička izborna komisija, accessed 5 October 2017.
  10. ^ Službeni List (Grada Beograda), Volume 56 Number 21 (25 April 2012), p. 20.
  11. ^ Избори за народне посланике 2016. године » Изборне листе (ДВЕРИ – ДЕМОКРАТСКА СТРАНКА СРБИЈЕ – САНДА РАШКОВИЋ ИВИЋ – БОШКО ОБРАДОВИЋ), Republika Srbija – Republička izborna komisija, accessed 28 April 2017. Nogo also received the fifth position on a combined DSS–Dveri list for the Savski Venac municipal assembly in the concurrent 2016 Serbian local elections. The list won two mandates, and he was not elected. See Sluzbeni List (Grada Beograda), Volume 60 Number 28 (13 April 2016), p. 52; Službeni List (Grada Beograda), Volume 60 Number 34 (25 April 2016), p. 28.
  12. ^ SRDjAN NOGO, National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, accessed 3 May 2018.
  13. ^ ИЗБОРНА ЛИСТА (Група грађана „ДОСТА ЈЕ БИЛО И ДВЕРИ – ДА ОВИ ОДУ, А ДА СЕ ОНИ НЕ ВРАТЕ“) (2018), City of Belgrade, accessed 4 May 2018.
  14. ^ M.R. Milenković, "Smenjen Nogo sa čela beogradskog odbora", Danas, 4 April 2018, accessed 3 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Obradović: Za Dveri neprihvatljivo nošenje vešala, Nogo će snositi posledice", Danas, 11 February 2019, accessed 19 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Nogo poneo vešala, pozvao policiju da ga uhapsi", N1, 9 February 2019, accessed 19 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Obradović: Neprihvatljivo nošenje vešala na protest, Nogo će snositi posledice", N1, 13 February 2019, accessed 19 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Disciplinska komisija isključila Srđana Noga iz Dveri", N1, 19 February 2019, accessed 19 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Srđan Nogo isključen iz pokreta Dveri", Danas, 19 February 2019, accessed 19 February 2019.
  20. ^ Poslanička grupa Dveri u Skupštini Srbije više ne postoji, N!1, 23 April 2019, accessed 23 April 2019.
  21. ^ N.N.G. "Ko je SRĐAN NOGO? Parazitira na poslaničkoj grbači, pojavljuje se na svakom protestu, a sad bi da NAPADNE SKUPŠTINU PEJNT-BOLOM". Blic.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  22. ^ "Srdjan Nogo and Zoran Radojicic arrested". B92.net. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  23. ^ "Srđan Nogo izjavio da će Aleksandar Vučić i njegova porodica imati 'tragičan kraj', Radio Television of Serbia, 26 November 2020, accessed 28 January 2021.