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Zeljko Raznatovi (Arkan)

Born: 1952 AD
Died: 2000 AD, at 47 years of age.

Nationality: Serbian
Categories: Military Officer


1952 - Born in Brežice on the 17th of April.

1973 - Arkan worked as an undercover agent, whose job was to carry out assassinations of political emigrants and opponents of the ruling regime.

1974 - He was imprisoned in Belgium.

1977 - Escaped in Prison.

1979-1981 - Rearrested in the Netherlands, but escaped again.

         - He returned to Yugoslavia and continued his criminal career, opening a number of illegal businesses.

1983 - In November, two federal policemen ambushed Arkan at his house in order to have him arrested and interrogated over some of his activities.

1990 - On the 11th of October, Arkan created a paramilitary group named the Serb Volunteer Guard under the auspices of the Yugoslav Peoples Army  general staff.

         - In November, Arkan traveled to Knin for a meeting of the council of war of the "Republic of Serbian Krajina".

         - He was arrested for gun-running by Croatian police at the border crossing between Croatia and Bosnia Dvor na Uni with five other Serbians on the 29th of November.

1993 - On the 3rd of November, Arkan and his followers founded the Party of Serbian Unity, and he became its president, but the party lost parliamentary elections and failed to win seats despite an energetic promotional campaign.

1995 - His troops fought in the area of Banja Luka, Sanski Most and Prijedor where they were routed.

1998 - In August, when tensions over Kosovo had already began, Arkan tried to get close to the West, writing a letter of support to U.S. president Bill Clinton over the bombings of U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

2000 - Arkan was assassinated, on the 15th of January, at 17:05 GMT in the lobby of Belgrade's elite InterContinental Hotel, a location where he was surrounded by other hotel guests.



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