This essay is about the history of the russian and bosnian people.

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Historically and politically, the Bosnians and the Russians are a

perfect match.This history started in the middle of the first thousand

years A.D. when the tribes called the Southern Slavs migrated into the

southeast area of Europe known as the Balkans. The Slav people as they

are known, were separated from the Northern Slavs, that is, related

Slavs in Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Russia, by the non-slavic tribes

that settled the lands of Austria and Hungary. The Bosnians original

ancestors were the Southern Slavs. They raided areas throught the

Balkans including what is now modern day Serbia.This tribe eventually

split up, mostly for religious and political reasons but also because

the geography of the region is such that large groups of Slavs became

separated and isolated from one another because of the difficult

terrain. When religion came to the Balkans, where you were physically

had as much to do with what religion you grew up with as other

reasons. The Serbs who were closest to the Byzantine Empire

geographically, took up the Eastern Orthodox Religion. The peoples in

what is now Croatia, Slovinia and Bosina were infuenced by Rome and

took up Roman Catholicisim. However, the Bosnians, who were alwasys

being threathned politically by the Orthodox Christian Serbs as well

as their Roman Catholic neighbors, by the fifteenth century had made

apolitical decision to align themselves with the rising power of the

Ottoman Empire, and converted to Islam. Russia, the country where most

of the Southern Slavs came from had accepted the Eastern Orthodox

religion at around the time the Serbs did. This religious bond between

Russians and Serbs was very strong and the two groups supported one

another for virtually their entire history up to and including modern

times. The Serbs supported the Russians in almost all...