Thursday, September 08, 2005

Serbia and Montenegro Defense Minister Quits in Scandal

The defense minister of Serbia and Montenegro, Prvoslav Davinic, said Sept. 8 he was resigning after being accused of wasting public money in awarding contracts for military equipment, the president’s office said.

Davinic, a civilian who took over as defense minister a year ago, signed a contract last month worth 300 million euros ($373 million) with a military supply enterprise.

His critics said the amount was excessive and unjustified.

Davinic told Serbia and Montenegro President Svetozar Marovic that he would stand down even if the inquiry was showing that “suspicions of corruption over the purchase of military equipment were false,” according to the presidential statement quoted by the Tanjug news agency.

Although the Army has about 28,000 soldiers, the contract calls for delivery of some 74,000 helmets and 69,000 flak-jackets, Davinic’s main critic, Finance Minister Mladjan Dinkic, claimed.

“This is a scandal unprecedented in the history of Serbia’s public finances,” said Dinkic, whose office has launched an investigation into the affair, widely discussed in a country where the average monthly salary is about 200 euros.

Although both men belong to the same political force — the liberal G17 Plus party, a member of Serbia’s ruling coalition — Dinkic called on Davinic to resign, saying he would also be kicked out of the party for his involvement in a dubious contract.

Serbian President Boris Tadic and Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica have called for a probe into the affair, insisting that Davinic “could not remain in his post after such allegations.”

But Davinic, a strong backer of the integration of Serbia-Montenegro’s Army into a NATO Partnership for Peace program, has refused to resign until the end of an investigation of the case.

Davinic’s announced resignation was a “highly democratic gesture,” said the statement from Marovic’s office.

“Davinic has decided to resign in order to calm tensions and halt the attacks against the Army and state institutions,” it added.

Since Davinic has been at the Defense Ministry, several scandals — among them the mysterious murder of two soldiers in a Belgrade barracks last October — have damaged the image of the military.

Public confidence in it has fallen from 75 percent last year to only 30 percent now.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

300 mil in guns!!? To defend against who? Albanians!!? Even if you buy the latest Eurofighter or F-16, America's got the new F-35 in line that will kick ass all the way to Belgrade. Poverty starts at the mind used to say my grandpa.

Anonymous said...

America isn't going to fight your battles anymore. Europe doesn't want you either. Seems like you have to bend over and take your medicine from the international community.

Anonymous said...

Don't try to change the subject. The subject was the megalomaniac spending of officials and a state in search of a past glory that it never had.

I guess you want to fight your battles yourself. Albanians on the other hand don't want to fight new battles and feel quite comfortable defending the borders of Kosova with the guns they have.

I told you once, it takes hearts to fight wars, that is if you have a purpose to fight the war. Serbs on the other hand entered every battle in 8hr shifts after they had had a nice sleep the previous night. Once it got tough when the skies opened and NATO and KLA started kicking ass at the border, Serbs gave up.

That's not the way you defend your sacred land, my friends. Check if French have guts to sell, because that's what it takes to fight.

Anonymous said...

"one of the oldest people in the world" hahahahahahah only a stupid insecure sheep fucker could say something as moronic as that, as if ALL the people of the world are not desending from "the oldest people in the world". dude show ME SHOW ONE THREAD OF EVIDENCE THAT SHOWS EVEN AN A IN ALBANIA FROM THE ILLIRIAN CULTURE (and dont give me the albanoi tribe bullshit caue if u are basing ur argument on that i can point the baku and azeri albania where u really came from). show ur "albanian and illirian connection" culture, art, monuments etc etc etc that were from the illirian times, show me when was the first time that the word ALBANIAN WAS USED - IT WAS IN THE 12th CENTURY!!! not 4, 10 or 20 thousand years ago. it is a know fact that all of the people of the balkans share common ansestors, now that fact that the albos have no culture and nothing of their own to be proud of is another issue. SHOW ME ONE, JUST ONE ALBANIAN SOURCE PRIOR TO THE 19TH CENTURY THAT CLAIMS U ARE THE ILLIRIANS??????!?!?!?!?! HAHAHAHAHAH U WILL NEVER FIND ONE!! NEVER!!! u guys started to lay cliam to that thoery in the 19th cent. after u saw the croats and serbs doing so as well. be original for once. and for ur info there are many muslim serbs in sandjak and bosnia and catholic serbs in dalmatia, and guess waht they were traitors just like u guys were to ur christian faith. check this out idiota:

Continuity in Balkans
Despite the multiethnic nature of the Balkans, it seems that most inhabitants of the peninsula share common ancestors. Scientists feel that we will have a better picture of these ethnic trajectories within the next several years. The genetic marker M170 appears to have come from the Middle East to the Balkan region roughly 20,000 years ago. It seems today that this marker is unique to the Balkans area, though research suggests that about 80% of European genetic stock goes back to Paleolithic period.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Balkans

Anonymous said...

Encarta encyclopedia or Britanica aren't good enough for you but you had to find a website where everyone can write the bull$hit they want and get it published.

Here read from a world wide respected scientific source and not from the same bull$hit other Serbs have written before you.


Albanians are among the most ancient ethnic groups in southeastern Europe. Their ancestors, the Illyrians, were an Indo-European people who settled in the Balkans long before the Greeks. Modern-day Albania consists almost exclusively of ethnic Albanians, who call themselves Shqipetars (Sons of the Eagle). Only 5 percent of Albania’s residents are of non-Albanian heritage, most of whom are Greek.
http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761561564_3/Albania.html

Come to Albania and I'll be glad to show you Illyrian civilization. Pelion, Foinike, Dyrrakium,Bylis, Buthroti, Apollonia, Enkelana etc.

A small serb mind cannot conceptualize the fact that a human brain can challenge the lies and propaganda of the Serbian church and the Serbian state.

Anonymous said...

READ IT AND CRY SHEEP LOVERS!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAH!
all from wikipedia.org

Contribution to humanity:

Serbs have played a prominent role in the development of the arts and sciences. Prominent individuals have included the scientists Nikola Tesla, Mihajlo Pupin, Jovan Cvijic, Milutin Milanković and Mileva Maric (mathematician and Albert Einstein's first wife); the famous composer Josip Runjanin; Rudjer Boscovich's father was Serb. In the United States, two Serbs are NBA stars: Vlade Divac and Peja Stojaković and actress Mila Jovović's father is Serbian.
The mother of the last (Eastern) Roman Emperor Constantine XI Paleologos Dragases was Serbian princess Helene Dragas, and he liked to be known by her Serbian surname of Dragas.
According to the National Enquirer, author Ian Fleming patterned James Bond after Dusko Popov, a Serbian double agent nicknamed Tricycle.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed Slavonic March (Marche Slave) in 1876 known at first as the “Serbo-Russian March” based on Serbian folk melodies as “Come, my dearest, why so sad this morning?”

Writers:
David Albahari
Ivo Andrić (Nobel Laureate)
Svetislav Basara
Miodrag Bulatović
Miloš Crnjanski
Branko Ćopić
Radoje Domanović
Predrag R. Dragić Kijuk
Nićifor Dučić
Đura Jakšić
Petar Kočić
Dušan Kovačević
Marko Kraljević
Skender Kulenović
Stefan Lazarević
Mateja Matejić
Dimitrije Mitrinović
Nikola Moravčević
Branislav Nušić
Dositej Obradović
Milorad Pavić
Borislav Pekić
Goran Petrović
Nenad Petrović
Nenad Prokić
Jovan Rajić
Meša Selimović
Bora Stanković
Kosta Trifković
Srđa Trifković
Zoran Živković (SF writer)

Poets:
Kosta Abrašević
Mika Antić
Jovan Dučić
Jovan Jovanović Zmaj
Vojislav Ilić
Desanka Maksimović
Miloš Đoka Nikolić
Petar Petrović Njegoš
Sima Pandurović
Vladislav Petković Dis
Vasko Popa
Ratko Popović
Branko Radičević
Slobodan Rakitić
Milan Rakić
Charles Simic
Aleksa Šantić
Slobodan Vuksanović

Film arts:

Enki Bilal (Enes Bilal) (director)
Peter Bogdanovich (director)
Lolita Davidović (actress)
Brad Dexter (Boris Milanović - actor)
Milla Jovovich (Milica Nataša Jovović - model/actress)
Emir Kusturica (director)
Karl Malden (Mladen Sekulović) (actor)
Princess Catherine Oxenberg (actress of royal descent)
Velimir Bata Živojinović (actor)
Ljubisa Samardzić (actor/director)
Rade Šerbedžija (actor)
Paul Stojanovich (producer/director)
Bora Todorović (actor)
Srdjan Žika Todorović (actor)
Milena Dravić (actor)
Danilo Bata Stojković (actor)
Steve Tesich (Oscar-winning screenwriter and playwright)
Zoran Rankić (actor)
Dragan Nikolić (actor)

Painters:

Stojan Aralica
Petar Dobrović
Marko Čelebonović
Nedeljko Gvozdenović
Ignjat Job
Mladen Josić
Paja Jovanović
Uroš Knežević
Milan Konjović
Đorđe Krstić
Petar Lubarda
Milić od Mačve
Petar Marković
Đorđe Mitrofanović
Mihael Milunović
Vasa Pomorišac
Milena Pavlović-Barili
Nadežda Petrović
Zora Petrović
Mića Popović
Uroš Predić
Radul
Ljubica Sokić
Sava Šumanović
Ivan Tabaković
Zoran Velimanović

Sculptors:

Dušan Džamonja
Olga Jančić
Olga Jevrić
Đorđe Jovanović
Drinka Radovanović
Toma Rosandić
Jovan Soldatović
Sreten Stojanović
Matija Vukovic
[edit]
Performance artists
Marina Abramović

Cartoonists:

Enki Bilal (Enes Bilal)
Predrag Koraksić Corax
Aleksa Gajić
Branislav Kerac

Composers:

Petar Bingulac
Vojkan Borisavljević
Dejan Despić
Dragutin Gostuški
Zoran Erić
Aleksandar Simic
Stevan Hristić
Nikola Jeremić
Petar Konjović
Vuk Kulenović
Kosta Manojlović
Ljubica Marić
Miloje Milojević
Stevan Stojanović Mokranjac
Vasilije Mokranjac
Miloš Raičković
Rudolph Réti
Josif Runjanin
Marko Tajčević
Jasna Veličković
Tihomir Vujičić

Musicians:

Đorđe Balašević (pop singer)
Zdravko Čolić (pop singer)
Bora Djordjević (pop singer)
Željko Joksimović (pop singer)
Mile Kitić (singer)
Alex Lifeson (Aleksandar Živojinović - guitarist with "Rush")
Stefan Milenković (Violin player)
Svetlana Velickovic - Ceca (pop singer)
Milan Mladenovic (singer, guitar player, composer, poet)
Lepa Brena (singer - currently resides in Belgrade)
DJ Krmak (singer}
Goran Bregovic (Guitarist, Singer}
Bajaga (singer, band)
Dragan Kojic - Keba (singer}
Boban Markovic (singer, guitar player)
Aleksandar Simic (composer, pianist)
Holly Valance (Australian actress/singer)

Saints:

Saint Danilo II
Saint Jovan Vladimir
Saint Hieromartyr Lazar
Saint Justin Popović
Saint Nikolai Velimirović
Saint Peter of Cetinje
Saint Sava
Saint Simeon
Saint Stephen of Piperi
Saint Vasilije (Saint Basil of Ostrog, Saint Vasilije Ostroski)

Scientists:

Category:Serbian scientists
Milan Budimir
Jovan Chokor
Ljiljana Crepajac
Jovan Cvijić
Vladimir Ćorović
Veselin Čajkanović
Milan Damnjanović
Stevan Dedijer
Petar Djurković
Mihailo Djurić
Nićifor Dučić
Bogdan Gavrilović
Slobodan Jovanović
Pavle Ivić
Vuk Stefanović Karadžić
Jovan Karamata
Zoran Knežević
Đuro Kurepa
Mileva Marić
Milutin Milanković
Veljko Milković
Ogneslav Kostovic Stepanovic
Josif Pančić
Branislav Petronijević
Mihailo Petrović
Milorad B. Protić
Mihajlo Pupin
Jovan Rašković
V. Alexander Stefan
Nikola Tesla
Milan Vukcevich
Jovan Žujović

Military:

Old Times
Miloš Obilić
Hajduk Veljko
Starina Novak
Deli Radivoje
[edit]
Balkan Wars and WWI
Vojvoda Živojin Mišić
Vojvoda (Duke) Vuk Popović
Vojvoda Radomir Putnik
Stevan Sinđelić
Vojvoda Stepa Stepanović
General Pavle Jurišić Šturm (Paulus Sturm)
[edit]
WWII
Boško Buha
General Peko Dapčević
Žikica Jovanović-Španac
General Milan Nedić
Sava Kovačević
Dimitrije Ljotić
General Draža Mihailović
General Koča Popović
Žarko Zrenjanin
[edit]
Yugoslav Wars
General Ratko Mladić
Željko Ražnatović - Arkan
Milorad Ulemek Legija
[edit]
Foreign Armies
Louis Cukela (Major USMC)
Lance Sijan (Captain USAF)
Mele "Mel" Vojvodich (Major General USAF)
[edit]
Various
General Blagoje Adžić
General Božidar Janković
General Veljko Kadijević
General Nikola Ljubičić
General Kosta Nađ
General Dragan Paskaš
General Dušan Simović
Simela Šolaja
Serdar Janko Vukotić
Stanoje Glavaš
Janis Bukuvalis
Stojan Janković
[edit]
Entrepreneurs
William Jovanovich President and chief executive officer of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Bogoljub Karić
Milan Mandaric Owner and chairman of the Portsmouth football club
Milo Medin Vice President for now defunct @Home company
Ilija Milosavljević Kolarac
Kapetan Miša Anastasijević
Vladimir Mitić (Owner of Robne kuce Beograd)
Milan Panić President and Chief Executive Officer, MP Global Enterprises & Associates, USA
Djordje Vajfert (Czech originated Serb, owner of old Weifert brewery)
George Yerich (Successful businessman from Niagara Falls, Canada owns the Skylon and Holiday Inn)
Philip Zepter (owner of Zepter formerly known as Milan Janković)
Milan Puskar (Owner and Originator of Mylan Laboratories)
[edit]
Assassins, outlaws
Dragutin Dimitrijević Apis - leader of Black Hand organization
Mijailo Mijailović - Anna Lindh assassin; no political affiliations, mental illness
Gavrilo Princip - Serb national hero, assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria
Puniša Račić - parliament assassin of Stjepan Radić and Đuro Basariček
Jovo Stanisavljević Čaruga - outlaw
Joco Udmanić - outlaw
[edit]
World Record Holders
Vesna Vulović
Milorad Čavić
[edit]
Athletes
Category:Serbian sportspeople
[edit]
Group sports
[edit]
Basketball
Dejan Bodiroga
Dražen Dalipagić (Hall of Famer; Bosnian Muslim father, Bosnian Croat mother; naturalized Serb)
Vlade Divac
Predrag Danilović
Aleksandar Đorđević
George "Blind Bomber" Glamack
Mile Ilic
Marko Jaric
Igor Kokoskov
Radivoj Korac
Nenad Krstic
Press Maravich
Pete Maravich (Hall of Famer)
Darko Milicic
Aleksandar Nikolić (Hall of Famer)
Žarko Paspalj
Kosta Perovic
Gregg Popovich (NBA coach with San Antonio)
Zoran Savic
Borislav Stanković (Hall of Famer: Secretary-General FIBA)
Predrag Stojaković
Uros Tripkovic
[edit]
Football
Vladislav Bogićević
Dragan Džajić
Siniša Mihajlović (Croat mother)
Savo Milošević
Zoran Mirković
Bojan Neziri
Mike Pejic (Premiership)
Dejan Stanković
Dragan Piksi Stojković
Simon Vukčević
[edit]
Other
Norm Bulaich (NFL)
Walter Dropo (baseball) (AL Rookie of the Year: 1950)
Nikola Grbić (volleyball)
Vladimir Vanja Grbić (volleyball)
Sam Jankovich (administration}
Mickey Lolich (baseball}
Mike Mamula (NFL)
Ivan Miljković (volleyball)
John "Big Serb" Miljus (baseball)
Bob O'Billovich (CFL)
Aleksandar Šapić (waterpolo)
Dragan Škrbić (handball)
Goran Vujević (volleyball)
Peter Vuckovich (baseball) (AL Cy Young winner: 1982)
Peter Zezel (hockey)
[edit]
Solo sports
Milorad Cavic (swimming)
Jelena Dokić (tennis) (Serb born in Croatia)
Svetozar Gligorić (chess) - grandmaster, once rated the strongest European chess player outside Russia.
Ana Ivanovic (tennis)
Jelena Jankovic (tennis)
Daniel Nestor (Nestorović) (tennis)
Nataša Pavlović (flight)
Snezana Peric (karate)
Jasna Šekarić (shooting sports)
Bill Vukovich (car racing) (Two-time Indy 500 winner)
Nenad Zimonjić (tennis)
[edit]
Rulers and Politicians
[edit]
Historical
[edit]
Medieval
Vuk Branković (Medieval lord)
Prince Lazar
Tsar Stefan Dušan Silni (tzar)
Tsar Jovan Nenad
Stefan Lazarević
Vlatko Vuković (Medieval lord)
[edit]
Communist
Jovanka Broz Budisavljević (Tito's third wife)
Milovan Đilas (Communist leader and dissident)
Veselin Djuranović (Communist leader)
Dragoslav (Draža) Marković - mentor of Slobodan Milošević
Moma Marković father-in-law of Slobodan Milošević
Mirjana Marković
Miloš Minić (Communist leader)
Marko Nikezić (Communist leader)
Latinka Perović (Communist leader)
Moše Pijade (Communist leader of Jewish descent)
Milentije Popović (Communist leader)
Aleksandar Ranković - UDBA secret service
Ivan Stambolić (Head of Serbian Communists)
[edit]
Other
Zoran Đinđić
Stevan Doronjski
Pavle Beljanski (diplomat)
Dragiša Cvetković (pre-WWII prime minister)
Aleksandar Cincar-Marković (pre-WWII prime minister)
Sekule Drljević (politician)
Ilija Garašanin (foreign affairs advisor and minister)
Đoko Jovanić
Borisav Jović (former president of Yugoslavia)
Radovan Karadžić
Nikola Koljević
Svetozar Marković (Socialist)
Milan Martić - leader of the former Republic of Serbian Krajina
Milan Babić
Slobodan Milošević
Milan Panić
Stojan Protić
Nikola Pašić (prime minister)
Mehmed Paša Sokolović (Ottoman pasha)
Slobodan Penezić Krcun
Milanko Renovica
Petar Petrović Njegoš (prince-bishop)
Jovan Rašković (Serb party leader)
Jovan Veselinov
Veljko Vlahović
Radovan Vlajković
Svetozar Vukmanović - Tempo
Žarko Zrenjanin
Vidoje Zarković
Zoran Živković
[edit]
Current
Rod Blagojevich (Governor of Illinois)
Nenad Bogdanović
Predrag Bubalo
Momir Bulatović
Dragan Čavić
Nebojša Čović
Ivica Dačić
Vuk Drašković
Vojislav Koštunica
Miroljub Labus
Slobodan Lalović
Zoran Lončar
Predrag Marković
Svetozar Marović
Dragan Maršićanin
Nataša Mićić
Dejan Mihajlov
Tomica Milosavljević
Milan Milutinović
Radomir Naumov
Tomislav Nikolić
Milan Panić
Borislav Paravac
Milan Parivodić
Desnica Radivojević
Zoran Šami
Mirko Šarović
Goran Svilanović
Vojislav Šešelj
Boris Tadić
George Voinovich (US Senator - Ohio)
Helen Delich Bentley (Former Maryland Congresswomen)
Melissa Bean (US Congresswomen - Illinois)
Rose Ann Vuich (First woman elected to California Senate)
Slobodan Vuksanović
[edit]
Royals
[edit]
Obrenovic Dynasty Members
Miloš Obrenović
Milan Obrenović
Mihailo Obrenović
King Milan Obrenović
King Aleksandar Obrenović
Ljubica Obrenović
Queen Natalija Obrenović
Draga Mašin
[edit]
Karadjordjević Dynasty
Karadjordje Petrović (or Supreme Commander Karadjordje or Djordje Petrović)
Prince Alexander Karadjordjević,
HM King Petar I Karadjordjević,
HM King Alexander I Karadjordjević,
Princess Maria of Romania and Hohenzollern HM Queen Mother Maria,
HRH Tomislav Karadjordjević
HM King Petar II Karadjordjević,
Prince Pavle Karađorđević
Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark
HRH Princess Jelisaveta of Serbia and Yugoslavia
HM Crown Prince Alexander II of Serbia and Yugoslavia
[edit]
Others
Tijana Arnautovic (Miss World Canada - 2004)
Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich (First US born Serbian Orthodox priest: San Francisco 1863)
Đuka Mandić - mother of Nikola Tesla
Stevan Moljević
Mila Mulroney (nee Mila Pivnicki: Canada's First Lady)
Nikola Djuric (attorney with Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan)
[edit]
Connected to Serbs

Of course, a lot of f.e. world politicians are in some way connected to Serbs. But this list lists people intimately connected to Serbia or Serbs.
Madeleine Albright (saved by Serbs in Second World War)
Josip Broz (was married to Jovanka Broz Budisavljević)
Major Richard L. Felman (USAF, ret.)
Pierre-Henri Bunel
Luc Besson (was married to Milla Jovovich)
Patrick Besson
Albert Einstein (was married to Mileva Maric)
Mira Furlan (married to Goran Gajić)
Prentis Cobb Hale (married to Denise Minnelli Hale)
Peter Handke
Lottar Matthaus (coached FK Partizan Beograd)
Francis Mackenzie
Vincente Minnelli (married to Denise Minnelli Hale)
Archibald Reiss publicist, a professor, famous criminologist
Monica Seles (tennis player; an ethnic Hungarian born in Vojvodina)
Daniel Shifer
Aleksandar Solovjev (Александр Соловьёв)
Sir John Tavener (composed: The Epistile of Love and The Veil of the Temple on Serbian Medieval Poetry)
Henry McIver soldier of fortune - Serbian general de brigade
[edit]
Serbian language speakers, learners, etc.

Friedrich Engels
Johann Wolfgang von Göthe
Jakob Grimm
J. R. R. Tolkien
Leo Tolstoy

Anonymous said...

Dobrica Ćosić wrote this 1961 about his fellow Serbians:"We lie to deceive ourselves, to console others, we lie for mercy, we lie to fight fear, to encourage ourselves, to hide our and somebody else's misery. We lie for love and honesty. We lie because of freedom. Lying is a trait of our patriotism and the proof of our innate intelligence. We lie creatively, imaginatively and inventively."

Anonymous said...

Here is a quote by your own prophet....
'Serbs would wage a major war in the future and their leader will lead them to disaster, defeat, and decimation... there will be enough Serbs to gather under a palm tree'
MITAR TARABIC (19 century Serb prophet) shkupi

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rod blagoevich? its hi serbian?

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