Daily situation reports of the Federal Ministry of the Interior

In reaction to the so-called Palach Week of January 1989, the First Deputy Minister of the Interior of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (ČSSR), Gen. Mjr. Alojz Lorenc, initiated at the beginning of February 1989 “the activation of an information flow.” On February 3, 1989, the chiefs of the regional National Security Corps (Sbor Národní Bezpečnosti – SNB) and the Counterintelligence Directorate in Bratislava (SNB Directorate XII) obtained a top secret cipher: “The activation of the internal adversary and orientation of its activities towards open confrontation with state power currently demands maximal expedition of an information flow aimed at the prompt and objective informing of the highest party and state organs and leading functionaries of the Federal Ministry of the Interior to facilitate efficient political and security measures.” Shortly afterwards, a new type of Federal Ministry of the Interior (FMV) summary was compiled, intended for top functionaries of the Ministry and Communist Party nomenclatura. The daily situation report (“denní situační zpráva”) of the Federal Ministry of the Interior was further structured as follows:

  1. Security situation in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (ČSSR)

    • Contains briefly summarized characteristics of the situation in the ČSSR, stemming from analysis of all findings delivered to the Federal Ministry of the Interior over the previous 24 hours (performed by the Analytical Section).
  2. Enemy activity

    1. External adversary

      • Contains brief information about subversive operations of the enemy against the ČSSR and its intended purposes, including the participation of diplomats and foreigners;
    2. Internal adversary

      • Contains information about subversive operations aimed at the destabilization of the situation in the ČSSR, its intended purposes, and about organizational and operational measures of individual illegal structures;
      • Contains information about organizational and operational measures of the Church in the ČSSR (always in the form of special attachments).
  3. Negative phenomena and disturbances in the Czechoslovak economy

    • This section includes negative phenomena detected by security means in the course of protecting the economy, cases of squandering the economic interests of the ČSSR and information on the danger of causing or already caused accidents within the Czechoslovak economy (including ecological and other catastrophes).
  4. Opinions and moods of the population

    • This section briefly describes citizens’ opinions and moods, as detected by security means, social and political groupings on the situation and on approved serious measures taken by top party and state organs and their representatives in the areas of politics, economics, in the social sphere and in the process of reconstruction of the economic mechanism;
    • The section also comprises the opinions of diplomats and foreigners in these areas.
  5. Start and conclusion (including a proposal of final measures) of investigations

    • Concerns serious cases of state-security criminal activities of Czechoslovak citizens and foreigners (submitted by the StB Investigation Directorate in specific cases).
  6. Most serious criminally punishable activity

    • Overview of select serious criminal acts, where a considerable public response is expected;
    • Criminal acts committed by members of the Soviet military;
    • Criminal acts of SNB officers (compiled by the Central Operation Center (UOS) pursuant to Act No. 13/1983 of the Ministry of the Interior of the ČSSR).

The above explanation of the Information Flow of the State Security Service has been excerpted from the publication ŽÁČEK, Pavel /ed./: The State Security Service (StB) in Slovakia during “Normalization”: The Agony of Communist Power in the Summaries of the Secret Police. Department for the Documentation of the Crimes of Communism of the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic. Bratislava 2002, pp. 113-141.

 


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