Friday, August 29, 2014


BLAGOJE SAMBEVSKI - A year before death banned from entering Australia

by Sasha Uzunov

In 1974 a Macedonian anti-Communist dissident Blagoja Sambevski, an opponent of Tito's Yugoslavia and Secretary of the emigre organisation DOOM (Movement for the Liberation and Unification of Macedonia), was found dead at the hotel he was working at as a night porter in Munich, West Germany. A year before his death he had been rejected by Australia's security services from entering the country on a tourist visa to visit a relative by marriage.

Sambevski had been granted political asylum in Germany.

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Australian Immigration file - marked secret - in the National Archives ofAustralia -


It is believed pressure from Yugoslavia on the Australian government led to denial of visa...

A Commonwealth Police Force (the forerunner of the Australian Federal Police) report, reveals that Blagoje Sambevski had applied for a visa to visit Melbourne, Australia.

The Commonwealth Police took notice of Sambevski in 1972 when he was elected Vice-President of the OKM - Osloboditelen Komitet Na Makedonija - Committe for the Liberation of Macedonia.

At a World Congress of Macedonian nationalists held in April 1972 in Munich, a split occured within OKM, a right wing became DOOM or DOM (Dvizenje za Osloboduvanje i Obedinuvanje na Makedonija) of which Sambevski had become Vice-President.

A left wing made up of Macedonian activists who had lived in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe took over OKM and set up headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

OKM, according to the Commonwealth Police, had a falling out with a Croatian nationalist group which was willing to allegedly sacrifice Macedonia to communist Bulgaria [under Soviet control] for supporting Croatian independence....

DOOM in Australia saw itself as countering pro-Yugoslav propaganda.

Sambevski planned to visit his brother in law, Ivan Civcic, a Croat. Sambevski's wife, Zora Dolic, was Croatian.

SAMBEVSKI -  Back from the dead?

ASIO blunder? This is puzzling.

A Macedonian political dissident living in West Germany, Blagoje Šambevski, was denied an entry visa by Australian authorities in 1973.

A year later he dies mysteriously at work in a Munich hotel room as a porter.

In 1981 ASIO have put him on the alert list of individuals they don't want to enter Australia.

A number of explanations:

1. Šambevski didn't die in 1974?

2. Šambevski did die & ASIO never updated it's files and assumed he was still alive?

3. Someone connected to or a former associate of Šambevski (including his suspected killer), may have arrived in Australia in 1981 & raised alarm bells with ASIO who hadn't been informed of Šambevski's death but had presumed that Šambevski would arrive in Australia in 1981 or 1982?

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