Bosnian Serb war crimes fugitive Radovan Karadzic is hiding in Russia, a Bosnian newspaper reported on Thursday citing an intelligence source, but Russian authorities denied the comments.
"We got this information by wiretapping a telephone conversation abroad," an unnamed official of the State Investigation and Protection Agency told the daily Oslobodjenje.
The Russian embassy in Sarajevo denied the allegation and the Federal Migration Service in Moscow said it had no information pointing to Karadzic hiding in Russia.
"We have no information to that effect," a migration spokesman told Interfax news agency. "We have not issued entry documents to Karadzic."
Bosnian Serb wartime leader Karadzic and his military commander Ratko Mladic are the two men most wanted by the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague for atrocities committed during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.
They are indicted for genocide in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys and the 43-month siege of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, during which about 11,000 people were killed.
They remain at large 10 years after the U.N. tribunal indicted them. Mladic is believed to be hiding in Serbia while Karadzic's whereabouts are disputed.U.N. Chief Prosecutor Carla del Ponte, who is leaving her job in September, appealed to the European Union on Wednesday not to resume talks on closer ties with Serbia until it hands over Mladic and Karadzic.