Balkan News

From CNN: ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ Held After Decade-Long Hunt

Former Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadzic, the man accused of masterminding the massacre of tens of thousands of Bosnian Muslims and Croats during the brutal Balkans conflict, has been arrested after more than 10 years on the run.

This news reminded me of an Esquire article I read a while back.

From Esquire: What I Did on My Summer Vacation (Oct. 2000)

In which three American journalists–the author, Sebastian Junger, and John Falk–try to get a little R&R in Bosnia, accidentally almost capture the world’s most-wanted war criminal, are hassled by the CIA, and discover why our government doesn’t really want to catch the bad guys after all.


How was it that five years after the war in Bosnia had ended, men like Karadzic and Mladic were still at large, despite the presence of twenty thousand NATO peacekeeping forces in the country and the professed desire of the United Nations and every Western government to apprehend them?

Bringing Bulgaria into the picture (Bulgaria shares a border with Serbia):

From Trud, via the Daily Press Brief:

The daily quotes the MoI Chief Secretary Pavlin Dimitrov as denying Serbian press allegations that Radovan Karadzic had hidden in Bulgaria.  Dimitrov said that if that were true, the Bulgarian authorities would have found out about it for sure.  Asked whether an individual by the name of Dragan Dabic (Dragan Dabic was the name used by Radovan Karadzic while hiding in Serbia) had visited Bulgaria, DANS spokesperson Zoya Dimitrova said that this was not a question that the Agency could respond to.


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One Response to “Balkan News”

  1. gogo Says:

    “DANS spokesperson Zoya Dimitrova said that this was not a question that the Agency could respond to.”

    Yeah well if they can’t respond to it, who could? I guess that should be taken as a resounding “YEEES” from Zoya (no pun intended lol).

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