Mira Markovic, the wife of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, was considered a controversial ideologue, who acted with severity against political opponents. She was 76 years old.
According to experts, Markovic was the driving force behind the rise of Milosevic, whom she met at grammar school. Later she became a professor of sociology in Belgrade.
Born in 1941, Milosevic, a strong man from 1986 until his fall in 2000, determined the fortunes of his native Serbia. As a communist, then socialist, and finally nationalist leader, he wanted to create a Greater Serbia with military means. The former president of Serbia and Yugoslavia is blamed for the wars in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo (1991-1999). The multi-ethnic state of Yugoslavia collapsed over it.
Milosevic and Markovic are charged with many unsolved political murders as well as the misery of broad sections of the population. Although Milosevic was delivered to the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague a year after the popular uprising against him, he died in 2006 without judgment in his cell from a heart attack.