HISTORY LESSON: V.M.R.O ASSASSIN - VLADO CERNOZEMSKI Vlado Cernozemski (born as Velicko Dimitrov (or Georgiev) Kerin in Patrik, Stipsko, 1897) was a member of the V.M.R.O, having joined the ranks almost immediately after Todor Aleksandrov revived the organisation.
In 1929 the leadership of the V.M.R.O called on Ante Pavelic and the Ustase for cooperation due to the severe mistreatment of Macedonians in Vardar Macedonia. Cernozemski was the instructor of the group of Ustase that was preparing to assassinate the Serbian King of Yugoslavia, Aleksandar Karadjordjevic.
As the story goes, the group was to draw straws, and whoever drew the shortest, would kill the King… Destiny chose Vlado.
Vlado Cernozemski (also known as Vlado Makedonski or Vlado Stipjanceto) travelled to France in 1934 with a Czechoslovak passport under the alias Petr Kelemen.
On 9 October 1934, he completed the task. As King Alexander's motorcade drove slowly down a Marseilles street for an adoring crowd to view, Cernozemski was able to emerge from the crowd, approach the king's car and leap onto its running board while concealing his Mauser C96 automatic pistol in a bouquet of flowers and chanting "Vive le roi" ("long live the king"). He shot Alexander repeatedly, hitting him twice, once in the abdomen and the other in the heart; King Alexander died within minutes and Vlado was killed shortly after.
Police found his fake passport but Vlado was able to be identified by the tattoo on his right arm; a skull, crossed bones and the motto of “Freedom or Death” along with the initials “B.M.P.O”. Vlado was buried on October 12th 1934 in a Marseilles cemetery in the presence of two detectives and gravediggers, the place of burial is not marked.
This event will forever remain in the memory of the Macedonians as a major event in the fight for freedom.
Excerpt from song ‘Slusaj Bre Kralu’ “Slusaj bre Kralu, Kralu Aleksandar; Eve ti ja Makedonija! Neka razbere cela Evropa, deka postoi Makedonija, a ne juzna Srbija!”