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Brother of ex-Serbian strongman Milosevic dies

  • Associated Press
  • January 29, 2013 - 8:39 AM

BELGRADE, Serbia - Borislav Milosevic, the brother of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, has died aged 79.

Milosevic, who was the Yugoslav ambassador in Russia while his brother was in power during the 1990s, died of heart-related problems Tuesday at a Belgrade hospital, the Socialist Party said.

He was a supporter of his brother's hardline policies, and a staunch critic of the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, which tried Slobodan on genocide charges stemming from the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

When Slobodan was handed over to the court in 2001 by a democratic government, Borislav Milosevic blasted the arrest as "kidnapping" and said the Hague tribunal was illegal.

He also repeatedly accused the U.N. court of being responsible for the death of his brother, who suffered a heart attack in his cell in 2006. A critic of the western policies toward Serbia, Borislav advocated stronger ties with Russia instead.

He was recalled as ambassador after Slobodan Milosevic was ousted from power in 2000. But he continued to live in Moscow, heading an oil-trading company.

When Milosevic's widow Mirjana and their son Marko fled Serbia faced with criminal charges over alleged wrongdoings during Milosevic's era, Borislav helped them settle in Moscow where they were granted refugee status.

Borislav Milosevic had a son. The arrangements for his funeral were not immediately known.

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