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The coup in Yugoslavia - the forerunner of the Maidan and the "Arab Spring"


Exactly 15 years ago, 5-6 in October 2000, the US and NATO intelligence agencies tested a new technology of coups, which is now often called “color revolutions”. It happened in Belgrade, already already torn by barbaric bombing.

Of course, even before the West, and especially Washington, various methods of coup d'état were tested - both openly violent, like the Chilean, and "velvet revolutions" in Eastern European countries that looked like "popular uprisings". Thus, the sphere of influence of the Soviet Union gradually narrowed - until the first in stories The state of workers, in fact, the most powerful state in the world was not itself destroyed with the use of all those velvet technologies.

New conditions required new political technologies. The peculiarity of the “color revolutions” compared to the “velvet” ones, perhaps, is that the role of the West in them is too transparent. After the collapse of the USSR and until recently, there was no significant counterbalance to the United States and NATO. Russia was too weak, China preferred to sit back and deal with its own economy. Therefore, the West could not really hide.

If the goal of “velvet revolutions” was a change of the state system, then the “colored ones” have a slightly different goal, namely, to replace the disloyal or not sufficiently loyal leadership of a particular country with an absolutely obedient, puppet.

The “color revolutions” rely on several pillars at once — a “peaceful” protest, a betrayal within the overthrown power, a strong external pressure. For media cameras, the emphasis is on pseudo-protest, but in fact, external pressure is often the decisive factor. That is what happened in Yugoslavia.

Often, such events West podgadvaet under the elections. That is, the talk about “the absence of democracy” uses for its own purposes truly democratic tools that exist in the country of sacrifice (in the case of “velvet revolutions”, the dissident underground and traitors within the government are mainly used).

Presidential elections in Yugoslavia took place on September 24 2000. Recreate the situation of those days. The two leading candidates are incumbent President Slobodan Milosevic and “oppositionist” Vojislav Kostunica, who even tries to mow under the patriot. Just a year and a half ago, the country was subjected to brutal bombings that claimed thousands of lives and caused unimaginable damage to the economy. On the streets of Belgrade and other large cities - mass opposition actions disguised by foreign embassies disguised as festivals. When brutal thugs turn such actions into pogroms and overlapping of important objects - the police are forced to intervene. But each such intervention is served in the world media as “terrible atrocities of the Milosevic regime” —blown bruises on the bodies of demonstrators and blood on their clothes are shown in close-ups. Citizens deceived by such propaganda join the paid “oppositionists”. At the same time, real terror is being waged against members of the ruling Socialist Party of Serbia - during this time, at least 10 supporters of the incumbent head of state were killed.

The so-called youth movement “Otpor” spins up in the West, and a fist appears on the posters - the very one that will soon be visible in Georgia, in Ukraine, and in many other places.

But the most important thing is the frank blackmail of the people. Possessed demonstrators on the streets are a minority. And the majority lives an everyday life, stands in lines, communicates in the markets, in kitchens, etc. And in conversations, people are worried about one thing: if they “incorrectly” vote, then war will begin again. The alarms will sound again. Children will be torn to pieces again. Once again, we will have to endure all the horror that swept over the country in the black spring of 1999 of the year ...

It is from here, because of this fear, because of this blackmail, the sad results of the presidential election. 49% for Kostunica, 41 - for Milosevic. But even in these conditions, the West was unable to achieve a confident majority for its protege - Kostunica still failed to make up fifty percent. The second round of elections is coming.

But the United States and NATO have no confidence in the victory of their puppet. Therefore, given the installation to disrupt the second round. And then one of the main trump cards comes from the pocket - the very “Rebuke”. Launched a powerful propaganda about election fraud. Allegedly Kostunica won already in the first round, and he, according to the Western media and politicians, was stolen votes.

For two weeks, Belgrade and other major cities are shaking riots. The police are dispersing the pogromists, but those have already worked everything out. From all TV channels - the wildest tantrum about the "atrocities of the regime."

October 5 - apogee. The crowd captures the television center (the brutal beating while its director Dragolyub Milanovic remains behind the scenes), then - smashing the parliament, the building of the Central Election Commission. All bulletins are burned, so that no one can check whether there was a falsification or not. Belgrade has plunged into a drug dope - yes, in the literal sense of the word, because the demonstrators were encouraged with doses. And not only. The Norwegian Ambassador openly ran around the city and distributed money to “oppositionists”. A bulldozer became the symbol of this coup, on which the crowd rolled its own Motherland on the asphalt.

But I would like to stress once again that the main trump card of the West in this battle was not even “Otpor” and not the demonstrators and pogromists of other stripes. The main argument was external pressure - direct threats of new aggression.

Fear of getting new bombs on the head was the decisive factor in the fact that a NATO protege, V. Kostunica, got more votes than the patriot and defender of his country, S. Milosevic.

Understanding that in the event of a new aggression the country would be completely destroyed, led Milosevic himself to the fact that he did not introduce a state of emergency and did not suppress the unrest by force. In addition, the traitors were in the army and the police - there was also carried out the relevant work.

October 6 came a terrible outcome. The Constitutional Court decided on the victory of Kostunica. It must be added here that the elections were held not only in Serbia, but also in the second Republic of Yugoslavia - Montenegro, where M. Djukanovic was already in power - a true ally of the West. He strongly hindered the holding of these elections. And also - in Kosovo and Metohija - the region, actually occupied by NATO "peacemakers", where the residents fully felt the "charm of democracy". Here Slobodan Milosevic scored more than 90% of votes. And these voices were annulled by the Constitutional Court. By this method - throwing these people into the dustbin - Kostunica still pulled the cherished 50%.

Unfortunately, the Russian authorities did not defend an ally then. The then-acting Russian Foreign Minister, Igor Ivanov, hurried to Belgrade. There he held a meeting with Milosevic (although propaganda claimed that he had allegedly escaped from the capital), as well as with Kostunica. As reported later, he told the legitimate President of Yugoslavia that in the event of a new NATO aggression from Russia there would be no help ...

Thus, Slobodan Milosevic had to leave the post of head of state in order to avoid a direct war between a weakened country and the NATO bloc.

To the credit of the true President, it is necessary to say that he did not leave his country. That he again led the Socialist Party of Serbia, which then became the main opposition force. That is why the arrest and extradition for reprisal and the Hague Calvary soon followed ...

And the technology tested in Yugoslavia has more than once faithfully served the West. According to it (with some peculiarities, of course) both Maidan in Ukraine, a coup in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova were organized, as well as events that received the name of the “Arab Spring” and resulted in a lot of blood ...

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  1. aszzz888
    aszzz888 7 October 2015 06: 37
    Unfortunately, the Russian authorities did not defend the ally then.

    Yes, I must admit, at that time Russia was not allies. But time passed, and instead of a weak, weak-willed, powerless state structure, they became a state that could stand up for itself. And as recent events show, and for others.
    1. Homo
      Homo 7 October 2015 07: 31
      Quote: aszzz888
      Yes, I must admit, at that time Russia was not allies.

      Was there power in Russia at that time and was Russia independent?
    2. Conductor
      Conductor 7 October 2015 08: 53
      In a couple of days there will be "elections" in Belarus. The candidate is the one and only. Wang squeals on the site if the movement begins on the areas of Belarusians))
      Meanwhile, Lukashenko suddenly stated that
      I have not heard of any Russian base, and I'm not going to deploy it

      Well, the article is typical for this site - everything is shit, and we are d'artagnans
      1. Stirbjorn
        Stirbjorn 7 October 2015 09: 31
        Yes, the “patriot and defender” Milosevic, quite consciously surrendered the Serbian Krajina in Croatia, and the Serbian Republic in Bosnia also ate. And to blame, he actually had nowhere to go. Nicholas II is somewhat reminiscent - just a weak ruler, moreover, who found himself at the helm in such a difficult time. By the way, I haven't heard anything bad about Kostunica, except for this story with the "revolution" who can tell?
        1. elenagromova
          8 October 2015 00: 57
          It is enough that Kostunica is a NATO protege. But the Serbian Republic in Bosnia would not exist at all, and there the Serbs would simply be killed if Milosevic did not save them.
          1. SokolfromRussia
            SokolfromRussia 8 October 2015 10: 43
            How did he save them? Fairy tales do not tell. Bosnian Serbs saved themselves.
            1. elenagromova
              8 October 2015 13: 37
              If the Dayton Accords had not been signed, the Serbs would not have gained autonomy, and the USA would have bombed everything to hell, this must be understood. There was absolutely nothing to defend. Wise diplomacy was needed. Thanks to her, the Serbs survived.
              1. SokolfromRussia
                SokolfromRussia 8 October 2015 14: 49
                Can you substantiate the "wisdom" of politics? Not the fear of bombing, which happened in 1995 and later in 1999, namely "wisdom"?

                There was no wisdom there. Karadzic refused to cede land still controlled by the Serbs. the Americans offered Milosevic to do it for him. He agreed, for some reason believing that he could speak on behalf of all Serbs, and calmly surrendered the suburbs of Sarajevo, and part of Herzegovina, and Zap. Bosnia and more. Such is the "Sage" ...

                What would you not know. A fact on the face, as they say. Milosevic’s cowardice cost the Serbs the loss of territory and thousands of lives, and he himself lost his post.
                1. elenagromova
                  8 October 2015 22: 47
                  And in fact it was. In Dayton, there were three people from the Republika Srpska and three from the official Belgrade at the talks. Everyone, including representatives of the Republika Srpska, signed the peace ...
                  I foresee another negative, well, to hell with him.
                  But the fact remains.
                  And the agreements themselves gave the RS maximum that at that time it was possible to defend what could be achieved. And, fortunately, then the representatives of the RS understood this, and therefore put their signatures under the agreement.
                  That situation cannot be compared with the situation in the Donbas, if only because Russia has something to resist possible aggression, and Yugoslavia was defenseless.
              2. SokolfromRussia
                SokolfromRussia 8 October 2015 14: 54
                "Wise" diplomacy, which turned out to be trivial cowardice, cost Milosevic his post, and the Serbs of the territories in Krajina, BiH and Kosovo, as well as thousands of lives. Very wise ...
                1. elenagromova
                  8 October 2015 22: 42
                  To accuse of "cowardice" a person who actually fought NATO alone for 10 years, well, that's ... I don't even know what to call it.
                  But the main thing is not even this, but shifting "from a sore head to a healthy one." That is, NATO members, it seems, are no longer to blame for the redistribution of the country and the murder of thousands of people ... Well, well ... Is Milosevic to blame for everything? And Putin is to blame for everything. Yanukovych is to blame for everything, absolutely everything, and the maidan horses and their sponsors are white and fluffy.
                  1. SokolfromRussia
                    SokolfromRussia 8 October 2015 23: 07
                    It's pointless to communicate with you. Bad NATO, good Milosevic. Only in modern Serbia and 5% will not have his admirers, and the Krajina Serbs can even fill their faces for the tales of the "savior Milosevic".
                    Stay in pink glasses.
                    1. elenagromova
                      8 October 2015 23: 33
                      The funeral was a 500 000 man ...
  2. SokolfromRussia
    SokolfromRussia 7 October 2015 08: 04
    The message seems to be correct, and if one reads carefully, then there are conscious errors in the details.

    1. Western countries have really spent quite large sums to finance the Yugoslav opposition. But no one paid ordinary protesters. They paid, perhaps, to Otpor activists. Well, yes, they were entirely on financing.

    2. Milosevic was not supported by either the army or the police. This is very significant, considering that it was his people who he appointed to the most important "power" posts in previous years.

    3. Milosevic’s patriotism is very controversial. He consistently merged the Krajina Serbs, then the Bosnian Serbs. On the contrary, he fought very hard for Kosovo, but for many Serbs it was he who became the main cause of the loss of Serbian lands in modern Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, where Serbs have lived since the arrival of the Slavs in the Balkans.

    4. The statement about "doses" is propaganda. The mass scale of the rallies was ensured not by drugs, but by the very policy of Milosevic, who strenuously suppressed all opposition, including the nationalist one. 100 protesters in Belgrade alone is a very high figure for a country of just over 000 million.

    I will not speak now about the complete collapse of the economy, since the notorious "International Community", which imposed very not sickly sanctions against Yugoslavia in 1992, also made a huge contribution. But even after their abolition, Milosevic did nothing to restore his country. Therefore, people went out into the street, that it is a dead end to continue living in such conditions.
    1. atos_kin
      atos_kin 7 October 2015 08: 20
      Justify more NATO bombing as an incentive for people to go out, "clear falcon."
      1. SokolfromRussia
        SokolfromRussia 7 October 2015 08: 26
        I justified them somewhere? There is something to say on the topic or do you need to be noted in each article? If you do not know what it is all about, then shut up or something.
        1. atos_kin
          atos_kin 7 October 2015 08: 48
          Exposure of "deliberate mistakes in details" (mistakes can not be deliberate), dear, your "arguments" are not supported by any factual example. And judging by the "depth" of the conclusions, you were not an eyewitness to the events, so as not to be silent.
          1. SokolfromRussia
            SokolfromRussia 7 October 2015 08: 58
            I just witnessed the events. And you ?

            I gave four points on which I disagree with the article. Can you refute them? With facts? I have confirmation that only Otpor activists received money. And you ? Can you prove that all 100 protesters were paid?

            Milosevic successively surrendered Serbian Krajina in August 1995, although he was bound with it by a mutual assistance treaty. Meanwhile, when the Croats launched Operation Tempest on August 4, which ended with the destruction of Krajina, he went on vacation ... Similarly, with the Republika Srpska (Bosnian Serbs). First, in 1994, because of the sanctions, Milosevic closed the border through which the Bosnian Serbs received aid, and in December 1995 agreed before NATO to sign for the Bosnian Serbs (without their consent) everything that was demanded of him. As a result, he dragged them into Bosnia, albeit with some autonomy.

            Milosevic consistently from 1991, crushed the entire opposition - Seselj and Draskovic (nationalists), Kostunica and Djindjic (liberals), etc.

            Have something to argue? I think no.

            You see how the photos are selected. Smiling Milosevic and Kostunica with a stupid facial expression. Banal propaganda.

            The author could really make out the technology of the "Bulldozer Revolution", but instead it went the way of whitewashing Milosevic, the "President".
            1. Stirbjorn
              Stirbjorn 7 October 2015 09: 37
              You are all right. People just have a short memory. Won Gadaffi is also admired, although this swindler refused to pay the USSR debts, and generally threw everyone regularly, for which, unlike Assad, he paid in the long run. Milosevic has the same story.
              1. SokolfromRussia
                SokolfromRussia 7 October 2015 09: 44
                In my opinion, Milosevic is a much more controversial personality than they are trying to show. He had both real services to the country, such as the protection of the Serbs in Kosovo, which he began in the second half of the 1980s and the support of the Serbs in Krajina and Bosnia, and outright failures like the surrender of the same Serbs in Krajina and BiH. Plus Milosevic practically from the beginning of the 90s in general “scored” on the entire opposition and other political forces in the country, which split the society.

                It is still often kicked by the economic situation, but this is hardly fair, given the pressure under which the sanctions were on Yugoslavia. sanctions against the Russian Federation on their background-it is, fun.

                And in this article the picture is simple - good Milosevic, bad Kostunica. If all this was true, the Serbs would not overthrow him for any money.
                1. Stirbjorn
                  Stirbjorn 7 October 2015 11: 12
                  I would also add a completely murky story with the murder of Arkan, shortly before the removal of Milosevic. The organizers were never found, but from my point of view, in the framework of the struggle against the nationalists and the surrender of their positions, Milosevic might well have been involved. In addition, Arkan was going to run for office.
                2. g1v2
                  g1v2 7 October 2015 11: 43
                  Milosevic is a Serbian Gorbachev who ruined a powerful country and ruined everything that is possible. He left his wherever he could. The fall of the Serbian land and the split of Yugoslavia in general is his merit. Therefore, it is strange to me when they try to romanticize this m-ka. In my opinion, Gorbachev, Yeltsin and Milosevic deserved to be buried like dogs in a garbage dump. Well, this is purely my opinion.
                  1. SokolfromRussia
                    SokolfromRussia 7 October 2015 12: 20
                    The comparison is not entirely correct. Gorbachev was the leader of the entire USSR, and Milosevic was only the leader of Serbia within Yugoslavia. He became President of Lesser Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) only in 1997. When Yugoslavia (still that "big" of 6 republics) disintegrated, it did not have a single leader, he was replaced by a collective Presidium. In 1991, the head of this Presidium was the future President of Croatia, Stipe Mesic, who later declared in the Croatian parliament to thunderous applause: "I have completed my task - Yugoslavia is no more."
    2. elenagromova
      8 October 2015 01: 01
      Basically, Otpor did pogroms. And others were fed.
      2. The people appointed by Milosevic were mysteriously killed by the NATO security services, to recall at least the assassination of the defense minister shortly before the coup.
      3. There was absolutely no way for the Krajins Serbs to help. And he helped the Bosnian Serbs to survive, and the Republika Srpska exists.
      4. Even quite "democratic" correspondents of Radio Liberty said in those days that the streets smelled of "marijuana and revolution".
      5. Sanctions were lifted only after the coup, and even then not immediately.
      1. SokolfromRussia
        SokolfromRussia 8 October 2015 10: 41
        1. Can you prove it? Or heard from someone?
        2. Again, just a guess.
        3. Yeah of course. Milosevic assured the Americans that in the event of a Croatian attack, Yugoslavia would not interfere. If he had not done even this, the situation would have developed differently. Plus Yugoslavia and Serbian Krajina were bound by a mutual assistance agreement. When the Croats decided to attack Eastern Slavonia, which Milosevic needed to exchange, Yugoslav weapons were immediately there. Draw your own conclusions. He did not help the Bosnian Serbs. At first he pressed on them, demanding to accept the Vance-Owen plan, then closed the border at 1994. In 1995, on their behalf, signed the unfavorable Dayton terms.
        4. Link to the report, newspaper number, etc. ?
        5. The first sanctions were lifted in 1994, when Milosevic closed the border for the Bosnian Serbs.
        1. elenagromova
          8 October 2015 13: 32
          Only the Dayton Accords saved the Bosnian Serbs from genocide.
          And look for the radio air of 15 years ago.
          1. SokolfromRussia
            SokolfromRussia 8 October 2015 14: 51
            the slaughter of Serbs in BiH was from the very beginning of the war. Can you tell me how the surrender of the Serbs by Milosevic saved them?
          2. SokolfromRussia
            SokolfromRussia 8 October 2015 14: 55
            What genocide? Which went from 1992 to 1995 and to which Slobo closed his eyes, sitting in cozy Belgrade, and then also imposed a blockade on the Bosnian Serbs? Yes, the savior is simple.

            "Search for yourself"? So you signed the propaganda.
            1. elenagromova
              8 October 2015 22: 37
              "cozy Belgrade" was under blockade and a "warm war" was waged against it with might and main.
              And we must be able to predict a little. What would happen to the Republika Srpska if the Dayton Peace Treaty was not signed? And I will say that it would be. Serbs would have to flee from Bosnia. Of course, those who were lucky enough to survive ... Because neither the Republika Srpska nor the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia had the strength to defend the RS.
        2. elenagromova
          8 October 2015 14: 33
          And most importantly, the whole dispute does not make sense, because, regardless of all this, the coup in Yugoslavia was criminal. The same as the bombing of Yugoslavia.
          1. SokolfromRussia
            SokolfromRussia 8 October 2015 14: 52
            The coup in Yugoslavia was an objective factor in the mood of the people, who skillfully used the Western countries. If Slobo was as good as you try to imagine, no one would overthrow him and the army would not betray him.
            1. elenagromova
              8 October 2015 22: 38
              This can justify any, even the most pro-fascist, "Maidan" ...
  3. parusnik
    parusnik 7 October 2015 09: 03
    The coup in Yugoslavia - the forerunner of the Maidan and the "Arab Spring"... Just Yugoslavia, the Western world did not need it, and destroyed it ..
    1. SokolfromRussia
      SokolfromRussia 7 October 2015 09: 07
      Here you can also add that with the breakup of Yugoslavia in the Balkans, the Serbs remained a regional force. They could combine their state. education in one and would become a large by local standards, the power, while Croatia, for example, would remain an impotent stub. As a result, the Americans began bombing the Serbs in 1994, continued in 1995, and bombed Yugoslavia itself in 1999. As a result, there are now several small countries in the place of the former Yugoslavia, quarreling with each other, none of which can make even minimal competition between the USA and NATO in the region.
  4. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 7 October 2015 10: 30
    When everything went well in Yugoslavia, why not check on other countries. The mistake of the United States is that they are trying to conduct something that they once used to good use several times in different countries. The result is on the face.
  5. Bootlegger
    Bootlegger 7 October 2015 17: 44
    funny reactions guys read. I live half the life in the south (I dumped another 93 Bandrevites) I know the Serbs and saw the whole circus with my own eyes, this article is on 2-. if anyone is really interested in reality write. and please leave the ideas of Pan-Slavism and the greatness of the Serbs to cheers-patriots. Russia paid this mistake in the 1st world collapse of the empire. But the Serbs bought it banal. real Serbs remained in Bosnia and in the north of Kosovo and I control the rest of Anglo-Saxony from the coming of the Karajordevich dynasty to power and the total destruction of the original Serbian dynasty OBRENOVICH. and the little one. which he should always. as a sucker and throwing it is not a sin is a reality. real Serbs are fleeing from here. God and I will give.
    1. samarin1969
      samarin1969 8 October 2015 23: 14
      You have correctly stated everything ... and yet, the Serb brothers have fought hard since the spring of 1940 with the Nazis ... besides the Serbs, the other peoples of Europe were represented in the Resistance only by themselves ... Now there are few real Serb patriots ... But in There are few Russian Russians left ... Alas, the gene pool is not random.

      SFRY sorry ... For me, it was a harmonious state ... "There was a country!" - said the Great Kusturica.
  6. Robert Nevsky
    Robert Nevsky 7 October 2015 19: 47
    I remember this time. How angry, how seething with rage against the Americans who organized the coup.
    Then every day I listened to Belgrade radio. By the way, in those days it was the only free radio in Europe. A very strong impression was made by the exchange of the tone of the radio itself after the coup.
    Slobodan Milosevic is the greatest Serb that I know. And not only the Serb.
    1. samarin1969
      samarin1969 8 October 2015 23: 19
      "Slobodan Milosevic is the greatest Serb I will ever know. And not only a Serb."
      Tito is not a Serb, but he was respected in the world and the country was united.