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Janko's "success story" is beyond belief! Despite a string of failed companies (most of which have closed without putting any accounts in and therefore never paying any tax, and several being put into liquidation with massive debts still owed to banks and investors), Janko has still managed to buy a castle for his parents to live in, as well as an expensive London apartment. This windfall has apparently come from sales of his less than popular ZX Spectrum games programmed when he was 16 years old when he was being mentored by sex doll and sex robot enthusiast Dr David Levy. Who said crime doesn't pay?
Janko's father, Zdravko Mrsic, was one of few men in charge when Croatia was born (1990-91). As a member of the HDZ party ("Croatian Democratic Union") close to the president Franjo Tuđman, he became the 1st Minister of Foreign Affairs. Right after that, he became the head of the special new-born government institution "Croatian Agency for Restructuring". This "restructuring" is well known as a mass-robbery of more than 3000 companies and institutions, covered by war that was all around at that time. In short, the mission of the agency was to enable and provide transition of then state-owned enterprises and companies to new private owners.
When the process ended, the agency was dismissed, but most of the companies just vanished - real estate & money gone. Billions.
Croatia never recovered after that privatization process. And as of today, nobody was prosecuted for real as far as we know.
But the Mrsic family became nouveau riche, and they actually bought a castle in Sveti Križ Začretje (Croatia), and rewrote their own family history in an obscure Orwellian manner.
Today, Janko's mother claims that they got cash for the castle because Janko sold so many ZX Spectrum games of his own, when he was only 16, so that was easy-peasy for them. Another version was that he sold only ONE game, but that was obviously enough for everything. Her third public version where the money came from was "Janko sold his successful company that he started when he was at high school".
The truth is that the Mrsic family bought that castle to make new mega-businesses with the government, as some kind of "technology park". But it was too risky because of the missing billions and arrests that started after 2004, so they gave up. You know, Sinclair C5 kind of things.
One of the most funny things is that Mirna Flögel "doesn't remember how much they paid" for the castle, because "she has selective memory" and that's "out of her interest". (But she seemed to remember everything else, of course).
Btw, Zdravko Mrsic was not even born Croatian, he is Bosnian. Well, not today, not anymore: now he is Sir Mrsic-Flögel from Croatia (funny thing is that his wife is Flögel-Mršić, but who cares for order of last name when you're "noble" enough). So posh.
Now you know the real caliber of RCL crew. IMHO, Sir Janko is just a good apprentice of Sir Clive. He is nothing without government support, all in the name of heritage & legacy. And that's priceless, as always.
One difference between Janko Mrsic-Flogel and the RCL crew is that Janko is not a member of pedophilian, sex-robot "high class secret club" (as far as the team are aware).
We found out today that life looks like a castle today
Kasnobarokni Sv. The Cross of the Swastika is significant because of its historical influence, and although its irreconcilable interior and exterior architecture, the castle can recognize the details of the supremacy of the former European architectural art and the ambience. The castle was built and built during the 17th and early 18th centuries for the needs of the Keglević family to get its final shape in the middle of the 18th. Today, she is a respected scientist, chemistry chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, and the founder of glycobiology, Mrs. Mirna Flögel-Mršić, who has hosted and told us the fascinating history of the castle and her family.
- My older son, Janko Mršić-FlÖgel, bought this castle by earning money by selling a video game (Janko Mršić-FlÖgel is a prominent scientist, inventor and entrepreneur in the field of IT and multimedia technology). At first he planned to buy a house on the sea, and then my good friend, painter Ivan Lovrenčić, pointed to this castle, hearing the news that he was in bankruptcy. The castle was bought in 2001, but frankly, I do not remember how much money I have because I have a selective memory. I just remember what I'm interested in. By purchasing the castle we wanted to start an appropriate and self-sustainable revitalization program that will contribute to local, cultural, tourist and economic life. When we started renovating, we saw dangerous changes to architecture. Until now, we have been able to repair eroded foundations and other construction works - said the vital 78-year-old Mrs. FlÖgel-Mršić, who lives in the castle alone, while her husband, Zdravko Mršić, a mathematician and Croatian Foreign Minister, lives in Zagreb. He was interested in us, given the huge maintenance and renovation costs, was sorry for buying this huge building.
"On one hand I complained that I bought a castle, but I did not. Namely, my entire pension goes to the payment of directors, especially gas and electricity, and I do not have the help of the Ministry of Culture and I can not afford to pay a visit to the castle so that I do not use the heritage to make a profit - explains Mrs. Mirna who could not hide the smile and pride of her face when we he spent his own famous home and talked about his story.
The first builders of the castle were the noble family Keglević. After his death, Petar Keglević's estate left his wife Ani Walpurgi, daughter of Count Janko Drašković, and therefore many castles call him Drašković's curia, which is not correct. Anna married Peter Trouble, and the castle came to the noble family Sermage who restored St. Cross. Within it is a lake and once a luxuriant park where they were able to keep up the lofty noble fun. At the end of the 19th century the castle came into the hands of the family Vranyczany-Dobrinović. - After the Hungarians increased the taxes in the time of the rule of Ban Khuen-Hedervary, most of the Croatian noblemen began selling their possessions. But those who worked with the Hungarians had the privileges, which was the case with the Vranyczany family. They grew up overnight, but before the start of the First World War, they went to Monte Carlo and in the middle they broke through the centuries of wealth of the nobility of Croatia - a story by Mrs. Mirna, whose present home during the turbulent 20th century served as a primary school, a cinema, a home of culture, a military prison and actually dropped , until fifteen years ago he was bought by a scientist Janko Mršić-FlÖgel who lives in London. She pointed out that her surname was of Bavarian origin and that her ancestors were members of the Croatian nobility.
Link to original article (published December 9th, 2016).
All the secrets of the noble curiosities behind whose walls are hidden invaluable treasures
We discover what's all about in a mysterious castle in Zagorje where every subject has its own story.
It is impossible to see all that I keep in this museum, and Mirna Flögel Mršić (75) tells us immediately at the door of the castle at Sveti Križ Začretje. It was only after two hours that she was right.
Every piece of furniture, figurines, paintings on the wall and pottery - all have their own story. Mirnin's son is Janko's son, who lives and works in London, and she lives most of the time there.
"When we bought the castle, the experts told us it was in excellent condition, and we only realized that it was not true," says a retired university professor and scientist.
He added that they had to repair the foundations of the building, the roof, replace the windows, and then only embark on interior decoration. They spent the entire savings, and they did not come to the facade. Mirna says that the castle has a legacy of her family over the past 400 years, to which she is proud.
"I believe it is very important to know the history, especially the history of your family," says Mirna, who knows the history of the castle he cares for. He wrote the book he had released himself.
"The first owners, ie the builders of the castle, were the noble family of Keglevic, like most of the Croatian castles, and this one was built in the 18th century, after the death of Petar Keglević the wife of Ani Walpurgi, daughter of the Count of Janko Drašković, many of whom are called the castle by Drašković and that's wrong, "says Mirna.
She later married Peter Trouble, and the castle came to Sermage's noble family. They made the curse.
"In the most celebrated era, the castle was very luxuriant, and the most famous was the perivoju and the lake from the lower part of the castle." After that, the lake was silent, "Mirna tells us, adding that there was a lazy party on the lake, royalty.
At the end of the 19th century the castle came into the hands of the Vraniczany-Dobrinović family.
"After the Hungarians increased taxes a lot, during the reign of Ban Khuen Hedervary, Croatian nobles were beginning to sell their property, they could no longer finance them, but those who had collaborated with the Hungarians had the privileges, which was the case with the Vraniczany family, who practiced overnight, "Mirna says.
Even before the start of the First World War, they were left with nothing.
"They went to Monte Carlo, and in casual casinos they lost everything. In the instant, they broke the centuries of wealth of the nobility of Croatia, for the sake of it," says the castle owner.
After the death of his wife in 1936 Franjo Vraniczany had to sell the castle. The curia was taken over by the municipality, and then there was a primary school, a cinema, a home of culture, a military prison ... The building collapsed, while in 2001 did not buy Mirno's son Janko.
"He sold his company to foreign owners and wanted to buy a cottage on the sea, but my friend, the painter Ivan Lovrencic, born Santa Claus, has urged us to buy a castle," says Mirna, a retired university professor.
Most of the time is spent in the Sacred Cross of Začretje, but for shorter periods it also goes to Zagreb.
"I was a scholarship, and later a lecturer at John Hopkins College in the United States, but now I'm mostly a cleaner and a gardener," Mirna tells us, who cares about the interior of the castle, and about the entire estate that has about 2700 square meters.
The interior of the castle is full of stylish furniture that has largely inherited it. The walls are painted by Ivan Rabuzin, Slavko Kopač, Dragan Melkusic, Ljube Ivančić, Ivan Lovrenčić, Slavko Šohaj, Josip Biffel, Zlatka Šulentić ...
Stylish regalies and cabinets are the sculptures of Vanje Radauša and Oscar Nemon, as well as the highly acclaimed Hungarian decorative and functional secession and incredibly luxurious Zsolnay ceramics.
"My people have kept it and they can keep it, I have inherited it, and I'm sorry that everything is not in a wider circle, my family is gone, I'm the last one living in Croatia, and there are no sons in this country. working in the UK, "says Mirna.
She is particularly proud of a large collection of paintings by her friend Slavko Kopača.
"When he lived in Paris, he wanted to give most of his works to the gallery in Zagreb, but for political reasons they refused him in the 1970s, he was my close friend and I was always with him. in Zagreb, he would always hang in our apartment, a modern gallery refused him when he had already sent pictures to Zagreb, he cried to me on the phone, so I told him not to worry and I would take everything he had sent. I have it as in the story, "Mirna laughs and begins to recite Digger's song" You're the Time "she wrote for her.
On his wall is his painting dedicated to Mirna, and in addition to the collection that Digger has made for her son. While trying to remember every story, Mirna in one of the twenty salons in her castle suddenly sits on the piano and starts playing Beethoven's "For Elizabeth."
At the same time, he explains to us about the antique piano Ibach. Such a mechanical type of piano was produced only a few years ago in the United States alone.
"This is a world rarity," the professor explains as he continues to talk about his ancestors who are extremely important to him in life.
They pay attention to their legacy to anyone who wants to hear the story of them.
"I am very proud of the fact that I have brought my genes into this space. There is a lot of life experience and art here," he told us.
One of the members of her family was the famous poet Dobriša Cesarić. He was Mirn's uncle. To worship him, it is clear that the younger son was calling him by the way. But when he speaks to him, he can be seen to be extremely appreciative.
"He was a wonderful man, he did not know how to raise a voice or to whom he saw something good in everyone." But politics has put his poetry on the Slap, and he has so passionate patriotic songs that nobody knows, "says Mirna. in his castle keeps the entire Cesarić's legacy.
She shows us an imported collection of children's poems of her uncle who have never been published.
"The songs are loud, but nobody has ever sung them," Mirna says silently.
She continues on the unknown details of her uncle's life.
"Cesarić introduced Dragutin Tadijanovic into the world of poetry, but he was jealous. At that time Cesarić was very popular, and Tadijanovic wanted it. He planned to throw him out of JAZU in order to impose his poetry style and become more popular than Cesarić "Mirna tells us.
In the gorgeous library, there are a multitude of rare books. Among them are the volumes of the manual "Prudentia aeconomica" printed at the beginning of the 18th century.
These are the home maintenance instructions that each noble house had.
"They were incredibly precise. Look, they have detailed calculations on how much water is consumed annually, as much as on food, everything is mentioned," Mirna tells us while we pass on a precious booklet.
They praise the former owners of the castle or masters, for each of them received the Sternkreuz or the Cross of the Star.
"Eleanor's office began giving them in 1678 for modeling grandmothers who promote modest management of economies, and I try to deserve it, but that's not hard because I live from my professor's pension," Mirna told us.
The professor at the library also holds two nebulizers from the end of the 18th century, one written on the death of Friedrich Veliki from 1786 and on the death of Emperor Josip II. from 1790.
On the walls of the castle we also encountered the famous Flemish tapis and several baroque chests rich in decorated and carved wood. There are also several antique work desks, such as the former Varaždin parish and folk of Ognjeslav Utješinović.
In the salon next to the library we come to a gift with antique glass and decorated glasses. Some of them are the work of poet Zvonko Milkovic. Two small glasses were painted on one side with a chess piece with a crown, and the other on the other side with the inscription "Living the Homeland".
I ask a professor where these decorative glasses come from, and she answers me very calmly, as if it were an everyday subject.
"Ante Starčević, this is what everyone gave to the establishment of his party in Zagreb. I do not remember exactly who my own was there, but that's the legacy of my family," he says.
Starcevic founded the Croatian Party of Rights in Zagreb in 1861. In the same room there is a small wooden table unique in the way of making and decorating.
"The rose pattern is made of a naturally painted veneer. It's actually a mosaic," she tells us, adding that such a way of decorating objects is extremely rare and particularly appreciated.
Professor Mirna Flögel Mršić often borrows objects and art from his palace in other museums and gallery for exhibitions.
In memory of her ancestors, their tradition and legacy, Mirna Flögel-Mršić and her son Janko have imagined that the castle at Sveti Križ Začretj is a place where arts, culture and science are to be promoted, and where the past and the present are to be combined. Unfortunately, I can not.
"In terms of outdoor decoration, money for a new façade, tile setting and garden decoration I do not have the money I can not raise because I'm too old for years We spent the family on savings We went to the Ministry of Culture contest but every time we only told us that the castle is not a public need in culture, "Mirna told us.
And the castle is a cultural monument of the first category.
The professor remarks how he wants the castle to be as much in use. That's why it often organizes music evenings, exhibitions, conferences and similar events. The castle must live in the present to know all about its - but also our - past.
Link to original article (published March 26th, 2015).
These families found their warm home in the castle walls
Although today's castles are imagined as museums or hotels, there are people who live in them, enjoying their families in the full history of their homes
Those who did not even know that the Holy Cross Začretje has a castle will surprise you when they discover not only that the building, which has been given its present form in the 18th century, has been renewed for a decade, but also live art and educational activity. Services for both family members Mršić Flögel who, at one time, offered to renew the monument of neglected heritage, decided to buy a castle. This is what the retired university professor and scientist, Mrs. Mirna Mršić Flögel, is about, the good spirit of the old building in the new garment.
- When I was still an active scientist and professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, the Faculty of Medicine and Medicine, I organized the congresses of biochemists, often my artist, Ivan Lovrenčić, designed the original souvenirs that we would then reward the lecturers. In one conversation, I told the painter how my son Janko, a well-known IT scientist at that time, wanted to buy a cottage on the sea because he sold his business, which he had already founded as a gymnasium. Lovrencic, originally from Začretja, then said to me, 'No, what a cottage, buy a castle! You will save the heritage that is now falling '. And we bought the castle!
Soon, unfortunately or fortunately, Mršići did not know what to do. Although before asking for a conservative opinion about the state of the castle and getting the answer that the building was firm and stable, the problems just got off. The castle is at the top of a hill at the foot of which there are two lakes and a football field.
Ms. Mršić told us that the villagers in the landscaping of the football field disrupted the flow of water from the castle to the lake, and all the water was descending down a hill that eroded the foundation and the building was buried - just did not collapse. Apart from the interior decoration, many new foundations, a new roof and a flow of water to the lake had to be invested. She went into all her family savings, and she went on to say what the sons earned by her work abroad - says the castle owner, adding that not all the windows have been replaced, as can be seen in the gas bill.
Thus, the life of a family has been transformed into a castle life that has been shaped by the legacy of its distinguished yarn. Today, says Ms. Mršić, the castle is still living in the old days in harmony with the man's natural biorhythm, and he stands up when he falls asleep and heals when he dies. This morning, she is going to clean the castle, because on the ground floor, through the cracks in the windows, the rubbish rubbish that needs to be picked up every day. So the first part of the day, Ms. Mršić laughed, carried out as a cleanser. Although a large number of rooms are available to her, she says, she uses only the bedroom, the small space where she writes the kitchenette. Those winter rooms only get worse, and the rest of the castle maintains a temperature of five degrees. The castle brought this family to a very unusual way of life.
"My husband is mostly in Zagreb, and I am in the castle, but we eat lunch together.
The sons, world-renowned scientists, live overseas. Janko is the founder of the Institute of Information Innovation and a specialist in multimedia systems, and Dobriša is a university professor of neurobiology in London. In the castle, they find themselves around Christmas and Easter or when they reach scientific meetings with colleagues.
Throughout the year Mrs. Mršić organizes exhibitions, concerts, presentations of books and a guide to the visitors of the castle who are interested in the neglected history of Croatian and European culture in Zagorje. In addition to the castles, Croatian Zagorje is beautiful and elegant curia, and one of the most beautiful is Poklek in Zagorska Selima, not far from Kumrovca, where a Croatian-Spanish family was home. After 22 years in Barcelona, musician Aljoša Mutić returned to his grandfather.
- I grew up and lived in Zagreb, but with my parents and sister I often came to Kumrovec, where my grandmother worked as a teacher, here in Zagorje Selo, in this curve. Here, my grandmother, since she retired, she lived with her sisters. After a couple of weeks a year I was in Zagorje and I was left in a very nice memory. I really liked this curve and all around her - says Aljoša, whose grandfather bought a 16th century crown at the end of the 19th century.
As a family and son of Biela, with his spouse, Spain, more precisely Catalan, Inma, founded a family, and at some point began to think of a more peaceful rhythm of life than they lived in Catalan capital. Aljoša told them about the old family Poklek in Zagorje Selima, which had been abandoned for some time. It all seemed to them as a promise of good adventures and as something they have not experienced in life yet. And so they came to the Zagorski kraj ...
"It's a building that was closed for a long time, because nobody lived in it. We were most worried about heating because, of course, there is no central one. We have repaired the old fireplaces, got the wood we burned, and you have made a living - Aljoša tells us that it is still an old house that is not as comfortable as new and needs to be restored.
Although there is a lot of work inside, outdoor decorating is a story for itself. It is a great building, which is under the protection of the Ministry of Culture, and whose renewal is demanding both for protection and for money. "It will wait for us now, but we have the will and the plans," says the proud tenant of the curia. The wife is a journalist and goes to Spain several times a year for the week she teaches at university students.
We were revived. When we arrived our son Biel spoke a little Croatian, but now he is totally fit, goes to Kumrovec school and found his company. And I've found a job, working as a saxophone professor and clarinet in Pregradi. The curia is our project with many possibilities, says Aljoša, and gives a piece of their vision in which the courtyard could become a place for tourist or some music content. But they still enjoy the peace and silence that sometimes surprise themselves. Not far from the Samobor castle Podolje is the home of the Bošnjak Praunsperger family. The story of the owner Dorian Bosnjak Praunsperger began long before his birth, when his grandfather Otto Bošnjak married Almom Praunsperger. As a boy ran a family mansion and he was - a family home. No matter how hard it was to maintain and renovate the castle, Dorijan points out that he does not intend to give up because, "I am the Cancer in the horoscope and I'm very attached to that stone, so giving up does not come to mind. I and my wife have somehow divided, she arranges the interior, and I'm doing the exterior. Sometimes we had ten at the table and we had a girl who was helping the household. Today, it's all about me, my wife and daughter - describes our host.
In order to make it easier for them to maintain a large building, part of the castle is closed, only regularly ventilated. Unlike once, when waxes illuminated Gaj's rooms, Vraz, Count Drašković, and supposedly General Marmont, now have electricity and water. "We live in the warming part, a somewhat more demanding heating of the bathroom that once was a loophole, so it is cold - Mr. Bošnjak describes his home and points out that he is most pleased with his daughter, the last knee of a celebrated family, sharing his love for family heritage.
Link to original article (published June 9th, 2014).
While owning this lavish castle, Janko Mrsic-Flogel is desperately trying to remove his name from the court case that he lost along with fellow directors Dr David Levy and Suzanne Martin:
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