Share via Email Ivan Stambolic, former president of Serbia and political mentor of Slobodan Milosevic, has been confirmed dead almost three years after he disappeared, aged 63, from the leafy Belgrade suburb of Banovo Brdo. His corpse was located last week in a quicklime ditch in northern Serbia after police, investigating the assassination of the prime minister Zoran Djindjic obituary March 13 , unravelled at least part of the earlier murder mystery. It was a time of licensed criminality in Serbia, and political scores were settled at gunpoint. Stambolic was being groomed by the US for an opposition role to Milosevic in Belgrade in summer when, while resting on a park bench, he was bundled into the back of a white van and never seen again. Just before he disappeared, Stambolic was mulling over taking revenge on Milosevic, whose career he made. He had secret dinners in western Europe with former communist leaders from other parts of former Yugoslavia to plot the post-Milosevic era.
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This political and personal relationship is how his career came to an abrupt end in He disappeared on 25 August under strange circumstances which was, in-fact, a politically motivated assassination. Police blamed his former protege for the murder". The truth was uncovered years later. There was another attempted murder of the leader of the opposition to Milosevic at the time Vuk Draskovic.
What lead to this, his differences with his previous mentor and the circumstances of their relationship are essential in detailing why he was assassinated. His personal deficiencies, were seen to be too large to mend this rift between them. Why and how did this happen? Yugoslav communist revolutionary Josip Broz Tito was the president of Yugoslavia from the 14th January till his death on the 4th May He was an extremely strong leader who many thought responsible for holding the ethnically diverse nations of Yugoslavia together for his year term as president.
Kosovo, an area populated by mostly Serbians with a minority Kosovar Albanians was getting more and more contentious since the death of Tito.
No matter what, the Serbs were going to seek to stay in the region. All of Yugoslavia is with you. Yugoslavia would disintegrate without Kosovo! Yugoslavia and Serbia will never give up Kosovo!
These are your lands, your fields, your gardens, your memories. Such nationalism had been banned under the reign of Tito , for good reason.
Managing to maintain unity and quell potentially devastating nationalist insurrections helping him to guide Yugoslavia  through various tipping points in the regions history such as the Croatian Spring. Under Tito "it was a forbidden topic at that time. No nationalism was ever permitted in Yugoslavia. And Serb nationalism was the first one to arise, to be raised, to be put on the agenda by Mr. Milosevic, and that caused a sort of scandal. They are reported to have tried to create a Social Democratic Alliance of Serbia before the federal election.
The bank published harsh criticisms of former adversaries. A translation of a quote is detailed here: "his fall will be difficult and dramatic, because the Yugoslav president," big and powerful "only thanks to the available forces of repression.
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