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Franjo Tudjman
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World Leader
    (May 14, 1922-December 10, 1999)
    Born in Veliko Trgovišće, Croatia (Hrvatska
    Founded ‘Institute for the History of Croatia's Workers' Movement’ (1961)
    Taught political science and history at University of Zagreb (1963-1967)
    President of Croatia (May 30, 1990-December 10, 1999)
    Died in Zagreb, Croatia
    Like Slobodan Milošević’s, he was a fiery nationalist, yet managed to avoid condemnation from the West.
    He duped the West into thinking that he was leading a multiparty democracy.
    In reality, however, he shut down newspapers and TV programs that criticize him, manipulated the election process in his favor, and created an oligarchy by concentrating power into the hand of a small elite that included his own family.
    He lived a life of luxury while living in Belgrade that involved tennis, caviar, and champagne (1946-1961).
    He left military service a year after he became general (1961).
    He refused to include ethnic Serbs in the Croatian constitution.
    After he retook Krajina, many Serbs fled the region as refugees, but without any condemnation from the West (1995).
    He enjoyed dressing pompously, traveling to other countries on his personal jetliner rather than commercial airliners.
    His unwillingness to work with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia resulted in Croatia’s isolation from the international community.
    He probably wanted to annex the parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina that have Croat majorities.
    He excessively engaged in corruption in the guise of the privatization of Croatian businesses.
    If he hadn't died, he would have been indicted for crimes against humanity, just like Slobodan Milošević.
    He was Croatia’s first democratically elected president since the downfall of communism in former Yugoslavia.
    He and his brother Stjepan fought against the Nazis during World War II, and Stjepan was killed as a result (1943).
    Right after the end of World War II, his father killed his mother (Franjo’s) and then himself.
    He got kicked out of the League of Communists for writing articles criticizing the status quo (1967).
    He was subsequently imprisoned for that same reason (1972 and 1981).
    Marshal Tito’s intervention to his arrest prevented Franjo from receiving a longer prison sentence.
    He outwitted Milošević and thwarted his invasion of Croatia as the latter was too obsessed with Bosnia.
    His defenders stated that he provided the strong leadership Croatia badly needed when it was invaded by Slobodan Milošević’s forces.
    He helped lay the basis of Croatia’s sovereignty.

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