VREME and B92 present the documentary series

THE UNIT

The untold story of THE RED BERETS

By the end of 2003, few people knew what the Special Operations Unit of the Republic of Serbia did: the media was fawning over them, politicians respected them, the military and police bowed to them, and all of Serbia was afraid of them. They were called the RED BERETS, or simply THE UNIT. After the assassination of prime minister Zoran Đindic on March 13, 2003, this formation was dissolved in silence.

But, how did Milorad “Legija” Ulemek, the first and only commander of THE UNIT and the man who Đindic himself described as one of the heroes of October Fifth, become accused of being the main organizer of Đindic’s death? How is it possible that Special Operations Unit’s deputy commander Zvezdan Jovanovic is accused of pulling the trigger on the sniper rifle? How is it that the weightiest political crimes in Serbia – murders, assassinations, kidnappings – were committed by THE UNIT?


Contents of the first episode of the series “The Unit”

Why did Slobodan Miloševic order the formation of THE UNIT and how did Jovica Stanišic’s State Security handle the order? Why did this formation have two parts – the Red Berets in Knin under the command of Franko “Franky” Simatovic and the Serbian Volunteer Guard of Željko “Arkan” Ražnatovic in Erdut? What were the tasks of THE UNIT, how was it organized and trained? Where and how did it go to war, and where and how did it get rich? With never before seen video material and documents, regarding all these questions and many more, among others, words from Captain Dragan Vasiljkovic, General Manojlo Milovanovic and members of THE UNIT.


Contents of the second episode of the series “The Unit”

Why was operation PAUK on the bihacko war zone in 1994, the largest and most profitable action of THE UNIT? What did Arkan then do in the Bosnian Krajina and what was the fate of the refugees which the Serbian Internal Affairs Ministry was sending to Arkan? Why did Milorad “Legija” Ulemek’s “Super Tigers” become the foundation of the Special Operations Unit? How did members of THE UNIT torture senior officials of the Yugoslav Military during the NATO interventions and how did the leaders of the Special Operations Unit participate in political murders? With never before seen video material and documents, regarding all these questions and many more, among others, words from General Atif Dudakovic and Manojlo Milovanovic and members of THE UNIT.


Contents of the third episode of the series “The Unit”

How did the ties between the State Security and mafia originate, specifically between THE UNIT and the Zemun Clan and Dušan Spasojevic? Why did THE UNIT become more powerful than ever after October 5, and how was Legija holding the new government in his hand? What was behind the rebellion of the Special Operations Unit? How did Legija and Spasojevic become the rulers of organized crime? How was prime minister Zoran Đindic planning to deal with THE UNIT and the Zemun Clan? With never before seen video material and documents, regarding all these questions and many more, among others, words from prime minister Đindic’s close colleagues and members of THE UNIT.

THE UNIT series author
Filip Švarm

producers
Filip Švarm
Veran Matic

narrator
Dušan Radulovic

script
Filip Švarm
Radoslav Cebic

executive producer
Slaven Kranjc

film editor
Radoslav Cebic

camera
Zoran Stojicic
Predrag Đurdic

original music
Zoran Uzelac

 

      
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