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The Drina valley looking towards Bajina Ba?ta

Podrinje (Serbian Cyrillic) is the Slavic name of the Drina river basin, known in English as the Drina Valley, located in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.


The bridge on the Drina in Vi?egrad (around 1890)

Between 1918 and 1922, Podrinje District, with its seat in ?abac, was one of the districts of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. The district comprised the north-western part of present-day ?umadija and Western Serbia. Between 1922 and 1929, Podrinje Oblast existed in roughly the same area also with its seat in ?abac. In 1929, a large province of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia known as the Drina Banovina was formed with its capital in Sarajevo. Drina Banovina included western parts of present-day Serbia and eastern parts of present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina. Following World War II Axis occupation in 1941, the province was abolished and its territory was divided between the Independent State of Croatia and the area governed by the Nazi Germany Military Administration in Serbia.

In 1941 Yugoslav Partisans liberated the large western part of the German occupied territory. In this territory they proclaimed the Republic of U?ice (Uzi?ka Republika) with U?ice city as the centre of the Republic. This large free territory was an island of freedom in Nazi occupied Europe. The Republic of U?ice was short-lived. German troops occupied the territory again, while the majority of Partisan forces escaped towards Bosnia.[]

When the Bosnian War broke out in 1992, the Drina Valley became the focus of a bitter campaign of ethnic cleansing by Army of Republika Srpska forces[1] which eventually culminated in the Srebrenica massacres in July 1995.

According to the Sarajevo Research and Documentation Centre (RDC/IDC) Bosnian Atlas of the Dead Project, the Podrinje was the area of Bosnia which suffered the highest number of casualties. In 2007, Mirsad Tokaca, the RDC/IDC's director, reported that 28,666 deaths of a total of 97,207 recorded by June 2007, had occurred in the Podrinje.[2]

Today, one of the cantons in Bosnia and Herzegovina is known as Bosnian Podrinje Canton.

Towns in Podrinje

Cities and towns in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Republika Srpska and Bosnian-Podrinje Canton Gora?de):

Cities and towns in Serbia (Ma?va District and Zlatibor District):

See also


  1. ^ Be?ir Bogilovi?'s evidence at Ori? trial, 21 March 2005, ICTY, p. 6367 [1], icty.org; retrieved 31 July 2010.
  2. ^ Nidzara Ahmetasevi?. Balkan Investigative Reporting Network "JUSTICE REPORT: Bosnia's Book of the Dead", 21 June 2007; retrieved 31 July 2010.

Coordinates: 44°16?00?N 19°20?00?E / 44.2667°N 19.3333°E / 44.2667; 19.3333

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