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Boris Milosevic, brother of former Serbian leader

Mr. Milosevic was critical of the UN war crimes tribunal, which tried his brother.

Alexander Merkushev/A.P./2001

Mr. Milosevic was critical of the UN war crimes tribunal, which tried his brother.

BELGRADE — Borislav Milosevic, the brother of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, has died at age 79.

Mr. Milosevic, who was the Yugoslav ambassador in Russia while his brother was in power during the 1990s, died of heart-related problems Tuesday at a hospital in Belgrade, the Socialist Party said.

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He was a supporter of his brother’s hard-line policies and a staunch critic of the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague, which tried Slobodan Milosevic on genocide charges stemming from the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

When the younger brother was handed over to the court in 2001 by a democratic government, Borislav Milosevic blasted the arrest as kidnapping and said the Hague tribunal was illegal.

He repeatedly accused the UN court of being responsible for the death of his brother, who suffered a heart attack in his cell in 2006.

A critic of Western policies toward Serbia, Mr. Milosevic advocated stronger ties with Russia instead.

He was recalled as ambassador after Slobodan Milosevic was ousted from power in 2000, but continued to live in Moscow, heading an oil-trading company.

When Slobodan Milosevic’s widow, Mirjana, and their son, Marko, fled Serbia, faced with criminal charges over alleged wrongdoings, Mr. Milosevic helped them settle in Moscow, where they were granted refugee status.

Borislav Milosevic had a son. The arrangements for his funeral were not known.

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