State Security Service (FR Yugoslavia)

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State Security Service
Служба државне безбедности
Ресор државне безбедности
Secret police overview
Formed 13 March 1991 (1991-03-13)
Dissolved 1 August 2002 (2002-08-01)
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction FR Yugoslavia
Headquarters Belgrade

The State Security Service (Serbian Cyrillic: Служба државне безбедности or Ресор државне безбедности, abbr. SDB or RDB) was the security agency within the Ministry of the Interior of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia that aimed to protect the country from internal threats.


It was formed in March 1991 after the dissolution of State Security Administration. It was dissolved in July 2002, to be replaced with Security Information Agency on 1 August 2002.

Special Forces[edit]

According to the indictment in the series of trials before the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the Yugoslav Special Forces, also known as Yugoslav Paramilitaries, were secretly established by or with the assistance of the State Security Service.[1] Among those were Serb Volunteer Guard (Arkan's Tigers), Special Operations Unit (Red Berets) and Scorpions.[1]

Officially, the Special Operations Unit (JSO) was incorporated into the State Security Service not before 1996.


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