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15 June 1989 Hungarian State Security Operative Report (1)

Hungarian State Security1989-06-15

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The 15 June 1989 Hungarian State Security Daily Operative Information Report details plans for pall-bearers in black armbands, former political prisoners and supporters of Imre Nagy, to guard the coffins in 15-minute shifts from 8 am onwards.

A number of opposition and emigré organizations will lay wreaths at Heroes' Square.

The Historical Justice Committee will receive returning emigrés, representatives of parties and organizations taking part in the planning of the funeral, and Western correspondents at a private event in Buda on the evening of 16 June.

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  • Title: 15 June 1989 Hungarian State Security Operative Report (1)
  • Long Description: The Daily Operative Information Reports (Napi Operatív Információs Jelentések, or NOIJ for short) were low-level intelligence reports intended for the Hungarian Interior Ministry's top management, and prepared by State Security Deputy Minister's Secretariat, based on intelligence reports from every county in the country, including Budapest. The reports focussed on opposition groups and individuals and their activities, including protests, petitions and demonstrations, as well as breaches of state security, threats to state-owned assets, terrorism and other criminal acts. The Reports indicated the source of the information and the degree of reliability, as well as whether the information had been checked. The codes at the end of the document refer to how the information was received: TA (telephone tap), K/3 (intercepted mail), ASZA (state security officers), or via civilian informers HMB (mid-ranking network undercover informer), HMT (highest-ranking network undercover partner), and HK (official contacts). Throughout the 1980s, the Interior Ministry received around 6,000 items of intelligence every year, about half of which were included in the NOIJ Daily Reports, whose reliability should be regarded with caution. Insignificant events were often exaggerated in importance, and crucial turns often missed. Although the NOIJ reports were never regarded as the most important source of reliable information for the state security services, they were the only state security materials that were preserved in their entirety since 1989 and 1990, as plenty of other records detailing surveillance and investigations were destroyed.
  • Creator: Hungarian State Security
  • Date: 1989-06-15
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • OSA website: Hungarian-language Digital State Security Archive, 15 June 1989 State Security Report
  • OSA Holdings: HU OSA 357 Collective fonds: Hungarian State Security Documents, 1949-1980

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