Named after the Zemun municipality of Belgrade, the Zemun Clan is a powerful Belgrade based family of the Serbian Mafia.
Boasting powerful connections to state actors, this organization was once thought to be one of the most powerful crime groups in southeastern Europe.
During their haydays in the early 2000's, the Zemun Clan enjoyed an influx of members from special forces groups like the Red Berets; whose origins dated back to Arkan's Tigers and the Special Operations Unit of Franko Simotović.
Milorad Ulemek, who headed the Special Operations Unit between the years of 1998 - 2001 (After Arkan's Tigers had been merged into it,) was reported as a leading figure in the Zemun Clan. Ulemek, who gained the nickname of 'Legija' for his service in the French Foreign Legion where he'd fought in countries such as Chad and French Guyana, was a close friend of Arkan.
Having joined the Serb Volunteer Guard upon his return from the Legion in 1992, he first served the paramilitary force as an instructor due to already having accumulated years of combat experience. He soon found himself fighting alongside Arkan throughout Croatia and Bosnia. As well, he headed a specialized task force in eastern Slavonia, a historic region of Croatia. This group was known as the so-called 'Super Tigers' and were reportedly involved in the Siege of Bihać, also known as the Bihać Pocket. A three year long siege which resulted in the deaths and persecution of innumerable Bosniak Muslims and Bosnian Croats.
Times have long since changed since these 'glory days' of crime for the clan, when Milorad and his other contemporaries wielded power enough to plot assassination attempts on people in the highest standings of Serbian society, while simultaneously trafficking hundreds upon hundreds of kilograms of narcotics worldwide. On the contrary, Milorad, whom was arrested in 2004 will likely be in prison for the rest of his days, and the majority of those who fought during the Yugoslav Wars and which were influential members of the Clan seem to be either dead or in prison.
Members of the organization's upper echelons were also arrested in 2012 living in Spain, and with them authorities found over half a dozen firearms, cellphones and half a million in Euros. One of the detained had even served with Arkan in Croatia and sworn revenge when he'd been assassinated in early 2000.
These days however, the Zemun Clan still seems to enjoy some level of political association. Their current power throughout Serbia is not commonly reported on, but being in that many of its top leaders were living in Spain we might assume they have lost some of the foothold they once enjoyed in Belgrade. Otherwise, it could just be leaders of a particular Spain based cell which had been arrested, rather than leaders of the organization overall.
This is certainly possible given that the Zemun Clan and other Serbian Mafia organizations appear to be horizontally structured. Aside from their homeland, the Zemun Clan seems to be alive and well in other countries throughout the Balkans and the rest of Europe.
Bulgaria, Finland, France, Denmark and even Australia; cells of the Zemunski Klan have been reported throughout these countries and more.