Religious Artifacts Stolen from Macedonia Churches

A report by the Associated Press stated that over 10,000 religious artifacts have been stolen over the past 10 years from churches in Macedonia. It was previously reported that 800 churches and 53 mosques in the country had items taken from their churches. Among the items stolen were 23 icons created by Dico Zograf, who… Continue reading Religious Artifacts Stolen from Macedonia Churches

Cost to Buy a Fake Degree in Macedonia

Police in Macedonia arrested a man who was selling counterfeit degrees to the State University of Tetovo, a legitimate university. The man was selling the fake degrees to customers located in Italy for $34,000 (€25,000). Educational officials and security agencies reported that between 18 counterfeit university diplomas and 49 fake high school diplomas have been… Continue reading Cost to Buy a Fake Degree in Macedonia

Archaeological and Church Theft in Macedonia

The Interior Ministry reported that in a 12 year period ranging from 2001 to 2013, nearly 800 churches and 53 mosques in Macedonia have been robbed by thieves taking religious and archaeological relics. In the first four months of 2013 alone, law enforcement reported nearly 40 churches having items stolen from their property. (Additional religious… Continue reading Archaeological and Church Theft in Macedonia

Human Trafficking in Macedonia

Unofficial estimates of the human trafficking trade in Macedonia places the profits to the traffickers at $61 to $73 Million (50 to 60 Million Euros) a year.

Many women who end up as victims of the human trafficking trade in Macedonia are trafficked from the Baltic region. During a span of 7 months in 2012, police in Macedonia apprehended 54 women from Baltic countries who were part of a human trafficking ring.