Serbia’s “Lady Macbeth” buried near late strongman Milosevic

POZAREVAC, Serbia (AP) — Several dozen former allies and supporters have attended the funeral of Mirjana Markovic, the widow of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic who was dubbed the “Lady Macbeth” of the Balkans because of the huge influence she had on her husband.

Markovic’s ashes were placed Saturday in her husband’s grave in the backyard of the family house in the central Serbian town of Pozarevac. Milosevic was buried there in 2006 after he died while on a genocide trial at a U.N. war crimes tribunal.

Markovic, 76, died last week in Russia, where she had been granted asylum. The ex-Serbian first lady had fled to Russia in 2003 after Milosevic was ousted from power in a popular revolt and handed over to the tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.

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