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Совјетска обавештајна служба у Југославији 1944–1948. године
The Soviet Intelligence Service in Yugoslavia 1944–1948

Author(s): Bojan B. Dimitrijević
Subject(s): Education, Military history, Political history, International relations/trade, Security and defense, Military policy, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949)
Published by: Institut za noviju istoriju Srbije
Keywords: Yugoslavia; Soviet Union; NKVD; KOS; military missions; military instructors; education; Informbiro;
Summary/Abstract: The paper gives a survey of the activities of the Soviet Intelligence Service based on the data reached by the Yugoslav Counter-Espionage in its researches after the conflict between Yugoslavia and USSSR in 1948. It is pointed out that these activities were channeled through several forms of cooperation: through military missions sent to the Yugoslav partisans in 1944, through special NKVD and SMERS groups which came to Belgrade after the arrival of the Soviet and partisan forces on October 1944, through units set up among the Yugoslavs which were sent to Yugoslavia, as well as through a number of advisors sent to the Yugoslav Army after the end of the war and finally through broad plans of education courses in USSR attended by members of the Yugoslav Army between 1944 and 1948. What can be gleaned from these analyses is that a precise number of Soviet advisors and other representatives between 1944 and 1948 couldn’t be established, as well as that of the members of the Yugoslav Army (YA) who were educated in USSR. The main question within the YA after the Resolution of the Informbuerau was boiled down to ideological and political declaration concerning the views expressed in the Resolution. These views of the YA members were basically the most important thing to the political and counter-espionage agencies. Thus, the analysis of the activities of the Soviet intelligence service in Yugoslavia 1944–1948 and the depth of its penetration into the Yugoslav establishment was neglected for a long time.

  • Page Range: 437-455
  • Page Count: 19
  • Publication Year: 2010
  • Language: Serbian