6 June 1989 Hungarian State Security Operative Report

Hungarian State Security1989-06-06

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The 6 June 1989 State Security Daily Operative Information Report details disagreements between opposition groups (including the Historical Justice Committee, Fidesz, the Hungarian Democratic Forum, Independent Smallholders, and Alliance of Free Democrats) over plans for the public reburial of Imre Nagy and colleagues on 16 June 1989.

The Report also notes information received that many Hungarian emigrés were intending to return to the country from America for the funeral.

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  • Title: 6 June 1989 Hungarian State Security Operative Report
  • 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: 1989-06-06
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • OSA website: 6 June 1989 Hungarian State Security Report
  • OSA Holdings: HU OSA 357 Collective fonds: Hungarian State Security Documents, 1949-1980