Mirjana Markovic

Serbian academic, journalist and politician

Mirjana "Mira" Marković (Serbian Cyrillic: Мирјана "Мира" Марковић, 10 July 194214 April 2019) was the leader of the Yugoslav Left political party (JUL/ЈУЛ is the Serbian acronym) and the widow of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milošević.


  • In one of his many public statements, the leader of the Bosnian Serbs, Montenegrin Radovan Karadžić, said the Serbs in the past period, when everyone was on their side, had been subjected to "genocidal extermination" whereas now, over the last year, when so many are against them, they are suffering the least. Of all the innumerable absurdities and untruths that have been uttered, this statement truly takes the cake. For more than forty years Bosnia was inhabited by Bosnians, and we did not distinguish between Serbs, Muslim, and Croats, or at least such distinctions were not paramount in their mutual relations. Throughout that period, to the best of the Yugoslav and world public's knowledge, there were no detention camps for Serbs in Bosnia, no brothels for Serbs women, no Serbian children had their throat cut. (...) But according to Karadzic, the Serbs were somehow unhappy then. And now, in war, with so many dead, (...) now, according to their leader, the time has come when they are suffering the least. (...) Ethnically pure states are an impossibility in today's world, and it is ridiculous to try to create and maintain such a state, even when there is just one nation.
    • In her newspaper column, on 20 January 1993, cited in Night and Day: A Diary, 1995, pp. 17-18