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Johan Matz

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The Konnov/Mikhailov/Bakourskii espionage crises of July–August 1947 and the Vyshinskii note on Raoul Wallenberg

Author

  • Johan Matz

Summary, in English

This article addresses the causes and motives behind the Soviet decision to hand over the Vyshinskii note to the Swedish government in August 1947. In this note, signed by Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Ia. Vyshinskii, it was falsely claimed that the whereabouts of the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who had been arrested by the Soviet military counterespionage death to the spies (Smersh) on 17 January 1945, were unknown to the Soviet government. Wallenberg had presumably, the note laid down, died during the battle of Budapest in January 1945. On the basis of Soviet and Swedish documents, including recently declassified Soviet encrypted cables, this article examines the chain of events that preceded the decision to hand over the note. New findings among the Soviet encrypted cables suggest that the note may have had no link whatsoever to Wallenberg’s purported death on 17 July 1947. Instead a series of incidents, in particular a crisis in the relations between Sweden and the USSR following the disclosure in late July and early August 1947 of two cases of suspected Soviet military espionage in Sweden, may have been of critical importance for the decision to hand over the note.

Department/s

  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year

2018-01-02

Language

English

Pages

30-51

Publication/Series

Journal of Intelligence History

Volume

17

Issue

1

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Topic

  • History

Keywords

  • Raoul Wallenberg
  • Soviet foreign intelligence
  • Soviet foreign policy
  • Swedish foreign policy

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1616-1262