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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Report: Milosevic May End Up in Russian Jail

Slobodan Milosevic, the former Yugoslav president who is being tried for war crimes in The Hague, may serve his expected prison sentence in Russia, Britain's Sunday Times reported, citing unidentified British and U.S. officials.

The arrangement would allow Milosevic, 63, to be near his wife, Mirjana Markovich, and brother Borislav, who both live in Moscow, and also permit the costly trial to end more quickly, the newspaper said.

The British and U.S. officials expressed confidence that Milosevic would not appeal against any sentence if he were sent to Russia. They said, however, that they would expect assurances from Russia that a prison to house Milosevic would meet international standards and that he would not be released early.

Milosevic faces at least 20 years in prison even if he is only convicted on the lesser charges of crimes against humanity, The Sunday Times said.

The Justice Ministry, which oversees prisons, said Monday that no person convicted by an international tribunal had ever served out his sentence in Russia, Gazeta.ru reported.

Borislav Milosevic, a former Yugoslav ambassador to Russia, said the talk about sending his brother to Russia was nothing but a trial balloon floated by Britain and the United States to speed up a guilty verdict for Milosevic, Interfax reported.

Milosevic's trial at the International Criminal Tribunal is in its fourth year and may last at least another 18 months, The Sunday Times said.