Srdja Popovic, 76; champion of rights for Serbians


NEW YORK — Srdja Popovic, a Serbian lawyer and celebrated human rights advocate who pressed for reform and free speech for five decades, first under Communist rule in the former Yugoslavia and later under the strongman Slobodan Milosevic and his successors, died Oct. 29 in Belgrade at 76.

He was among the first to speak against Milosevic. A magazine he started in 1990 was a leading anti-Milosevic voice.

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