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Memorial for Russian volunteers built in Visegrad

Posted in Uncategorized on April 9, 2017 by visegrad92

A monument in the shape of a cross will be unveiled near the town of Visegrad to honour the Russian volunteers who fought in the Bosnian Serb Army during the 1992-95 war, causing anger among victims’ groups.

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Bosnian Serb war veterans are to install a 5.5-metre-high cross on Grad hill near the eastern town of Visegrad on Thursday dedicated to the Russian volunteers who fought in the ranks of the Bosnian Serb Army during the 1992-95 war.

“The official ceremony to unveil the cross is scheduled for the 12th of April, which has previously been declared the Day of Russian Veterans by the authorities in Republika Srpska [Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity],” Milisav Vasic, the president of the Visegrad chapter of the Bosnian Serb Army war veterans’ organisation, told BIRN.

April 12 was chosen because, on that day in 1993, in fighting near Visegrad, three Russian volunteers were killed.

“We will put powerful lights around the cross, and build paths and benches,” Vasic said.

He said that the monument was a donation from the Serbian 12th of April Veterans Association from Mitrovica in Kosovo.

The date chosen for the unveiling of the cross is controversial because it is the day on which the Bosnian war started in 1992.

The Women – Victims of War association, which represents Bosniak victims of the conflict, condemned the raising of the cross for the pro-Serb Russian volunteers as a “continuation of the aggression and genocide” against Bosniaks.

“We ask all the relevant state institutions, as well as the international community, to stop these kinds of psychological attack on the victims that remind us of the darkest period in our country during which we were exposed to the worst forms of abuse, torture, persecution and murder,” the association said in a statement published by Bosnian media.

The exact number of Russian volunteers who fought in the ranks of the Bosnian Serb Army during wartime is not known, but media have speculated that there were between 500 to 600 Russian fighters.

According to Bosnian Serb Army data, 37 Russian volunteers were killed during the war.

A memorial plaque dedicated to the Russian volunteers was installed in Visegrad in November 2011, with all the names of those who died engraved on it.

Last month, the families of Russian volunteers who were killed or wounded during the Bosnian war received pensions and disability allowances, local media reported.

Of a total of 43 cases, decisions were made to grant benefits to 19 Russian families.

According to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, ICTY, around 3,000 Bosniaks, including 600 women and 119 children, were killed in wartime crimes committed in and around Visegrad.

One ICTY ruling said Bosnian Serb forces subjected Visegrad to “one of the most comprehensive and ruthless campaigns of ethnic cleansing during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

Chetniks in Visegrad: October 1943

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Image: Above is an image of Yugoslav Royalist Forces (Chetniks) entering Višegrad in October 1943. After entering Višegrad a genocidal massacre of Bosniak civilians took place in and around the town of Višegrad.

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Image: The Sjemeč field (Sjemečko polje) masscare is one of the most brutal massacres committed in Yugoslavia during the Second World War. A column of Bosniak refugees from Višegrad attempted to escape from over-run Višegrad to Sarajevo. This column of civilians was brutally attacked and massacred by Yugoslav Royalist Forces (Chetniks).

INDICTMENT ISSUED AGAINST THREE PERSONS FOR WAR CRIMES COMMITTED IN THE AREA OF VIŠEGRAD

Posted in Visegrad on April 9, 2017 by visegrad92

27.01.2017. 

Prosecutor of the Special Department for War Crimes of the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina has issued an Indictment against:

– MOMIR TASIĆ, aka Mošo, born in 1941 in Bijela, in Višegrad Municipality, a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina,

– PETAR TASIĆ, aka Pero, born in 1957 in Bijela, in Višegrad Municipality, a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and

– MIRKO TASIĆ, born in 1963 in Bosanska Jagodina, in Višegrad Municipality, a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

These accused persons are charged with participating actively, with their actions and conduct, in the widespread and systematic attack directed against civilian Bosniak population in the territory of the municipality of Višegrad, in the period from mid-May to the end of August of 1992. At the time, the accused Momir Tasić and Petar Tasić were members of the Army of Republika Srpska, Military Post VP 7158 in Višegrad, whereas the accused Mirko Tasić was a member of the Public Security Station in Višegrad.

They are charged with participating, together with several other members of the army and the police, in the forcible disappearance of six Bosniak male victims, on 16 June 1992, in the territory of the Municipality of Višegrad, whom they had previously deprived of liberty, tortured and abused, and then they drove them, forcibly and under threat, in an unknown direction. These men have been missing ever since and they are still unaccounted for.

Also, the accused Momir Tasić and Mirko Tasić are charged with forcing two victims, under the threat of life, to sexual intercourse, thus raping them.

These accused persons are charged with the commission of the criminal offense of Crimes against Humanity, as referred to in Article 172 of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Indictment has been forwarded to the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina for confirmation.

Source: The Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina