The former prime minister was shot dead in broad daylight outside the government building. His associates admit that the assassination was organized by the Serbian military security service, which was supervised by the Russian special services.
Former Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic was shot dead near the government building on March 12, 2003, he was 50 years old. The British radio station BBC has prepared material about the life of the opposition leader, who sent the dictator Slobodan Milosevic to the tribunal in The Hague.
The ex-premier of Serbia was shot twice by a sniper and hit in the stomach and back, the official died in the hospital. Tens of thousands of people came out to see off the murdered prime minister on his last journey in Belgrade.
Djindjic took over as head of government 3 years after the overthrow of Milosevic
Djindjic and Kennedy are examples of reformers
Zoran Djindjic took over as head of government 3 years after the overthrow of Milosevic, who dragged the country into wars with Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia and Kosovo.
“They say that in America everyone remembers where he was when (the 35th president) John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I think it’s the same with Djindjic in Serbia. Most importantly, he showed us the possibility of change,” says Gordana Matkovic, a former minister of social policy in the Djindjic government.
Kennedy was shot by a sniper while driving through Dallas in November 1963.
A “mystical aura” appeared around the figures of Kennedy and Djindjic
Petar Žarković, a historian at the Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory in Belgrade, called Zoran Djindjic the epitome of Serbia’s modernization and the end of the Milosevic regime.
Destroyed by the wars of the 90s, Djindjic got Serbia with a difficult economic situation. He supported market reforms and tried to achieve greater integration with the West.
Djindjic dies from injuries sustained in an attempt on his life
“He believed that the Kosovo dispute should be resolved as quickly as possible,” said Vuk Vuksanovic, a researcher at the Belgrade Center for Security Policy.
Twenty years after Djindjic’s death, relations between Serbia and Kosovo remain strained. The West is concerned about the increase in Russian influence in the country in recent years.
“Djindjic was a rare politician in the Balkans. He believed in modernization. It was because of Djindjic’s desire to carry out reforms that he was compared to Kennedy,” Vuksanovic said.
Russian trace: who killed Zoran Djindjic?
In 2007, 12 people were found guilty of involvement in the murder of Zoran Djindjic, they were tried for 3.5 years. Some of the suspects were members of the disbanded paramilitary police unit “red berets”.
According to Vuskanovic, some of the old security structures survived the 2000 regime change. The investigation considered that the group wanted to restore a government similar to the Milosevic regime.
The murder of Djindjic could have been organized by the Serbian military security service, which acted in concert with the special services of the Russian Federation
The mastermind of the assassination is still unknown, Zarkovich says that a “mystical aura” appeared around the figures of Kennedy and Djindjic.
In 2005, one of Djindjic’s closest associates stated that the assassination of the prime minister was organized by the Serbian military security service, which acted in concert with the Russian special services. And the political cover for the conspirators was provided by another ex-Prime Minister of Serbia, Vojislav Kostunica.
Moscow condemned the murder of Djindjic – the Russian Foreign Ministry stated that the crime deserved the most serious condemnation, regardless of motives.
Recall that on March 10, the current President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, admitted the possibility of imposing sanctions against Russia for a full-scale war in Ukraine.
Ukraine Weapons Tracker analysts reported on March 3 that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had received rockets for the Grad MLRS from Serbia. Ammunition was transported through Canadian and Turkish partners.
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