Mira Markovic, the widow of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, has died in Russia on the age of 76.
Her demise was confirmed to the BBC by a detailed household pal, Milutin Mrkonjic.
Generally known as the “Woman Macbeth of the Balkans”, Ms Markovic was a major political determine in the course of the collapse of Yugoslavia within the 1990s.
She was one in all her husband’s most trusted and influential advisers earlier than he was arrested in 2001 however fled to Russia two years later.
Mr Milosevic died in 2006 whereas being held on the UN conflict crimes tribunal within the Netherlands. He had been charged with genocide and different conflict crimes for his key function within the 1990s wars that tore the Balkans aside.
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The couple met as youngsters in secondary faculty in 1958 and buddies recalled how the couple rapidly grew to become very shut. They have been married for 4 a long time and have been nearly inseparable till Milosevic’s extradition.
Whereas Ms Markovic owed her political affect to being his closest confidante, she additionally had her personal political social gathering, the neo-communist Yugoslav United Left (JUL).
Previous to assembly her husband, Ms Markovic had a tormented childhood.
Her mom was a Partisan fighter who was captured by the Nazis in 1942.
Beneath torture, she apparently gave away secrets and techniques. One account means that after her launch, her personal father – Ms Markovic’s grandfather – ordered the execution of his daughter for treachery.
In 2003, Ms Markovic fled Serbia, the place she was charged with abuse of energy and was suspected of cigarette smuggling and political assassination.
Russia granted each her and her son, Marko Milosevic, political asylum in 2008 after Serbia issued a global arrest warrant for them in reference to alleged cigarette smuggling.