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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”.

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Chetniks in Visegrad: October 1943

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2017 by visegrad92

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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).

Visegrad Memorial mentioned in James Waller’s new book

Posted in Uncategorized, Visegrad on November 17, 2016 by visegrad92

American scholar James Waller recently published a new book titled Confronting Evil: Engaging Our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide (Oxford University Press, 2016). One part of his book is dedicated to the genocide memorial in Visegrad:

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Bikavac exhumation 25.2.2016

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2016 by visegrad92

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25.2.2016 – An exhumation was carried out on the foundations of Meho Aljic’s house in Bikavac where on 27.6.1992 one of the worst war crimes was committed during the genocide 1992-95. At least 70 women and children were burnt alive by Bosnian Serb soldiers.

On 25.2.2016, the Missing Persons Institute conducted an exhumation on this location and found one piece of human bone. There were several exhumations conducted on this location but this was the first time a human bone was discovered.

The crime scene was destroyed by the local authorities during or after the war. The house was bulldozed and the site was turned into a garbage dump.

DNA analysis will be conducted on the discovered bone in order to try and establish an identity of a victim.

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Photo credits: Avaz

 

Izet Husovic

Posted in Uncategorized on March 5, 2016 by visegrad92

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Izet (Rasim) Husovic

1940-1992

Rasim Husovic

Posted in Uncategorized on March 5, 2016 by visegrad92

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Rasim Husovic 1905 – 1992

Hasa Tufekcic

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2016 by visegrad92

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Hasa (Osmo) Tufekcic

1917-1992