Dragica Srzentic
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The letter that ended Yugoslavia’s links to Soviet Union

As the Soviet Union tightened its grip on eastern Europe in the aftermath of World War Two, one communist country stood out by defying Stalin.

In June 1948, Yugoslavia's leader Marshal Tito broke off relations with the USSR, in a dramatic move that reshaped post-war Europe.

The effect was immediate. Soviet propaganda films were replaced with Hollywood blockbusters in cinemas and Russians became figures of fun in the media.

Lifelong Yugoslav communist Dragica Srzentic delivered the letter to Moscow that sealed the break-down of relations between the two countries.

Now 103 years old, she recalls her trip to the Soviet capital on behalf of Marshal Tito.

Witness is a World Service radio programme of the stories of our times told by the people who were there.

  • 24 Jun 2015
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