State Security Service (FR Yugoslavia)

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State Security Service
Служба државне безбедности
Služba državne bezbednosti
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 SDB; also Ресор државне безбедности / 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]

Special Forces, also known as Yugoslav Paramilitaries, were part of the SDB. The leader of the Yugoslav special forces was Jovica Stanišić.[1]

Red Berets[edit]

Special Operations Unit also known as the Red Berets were incorporated into the Yugoslav special forces in 1996.


  • Zoran Janaćković (31 October 1990 – 30 December 1991)
  • Jovica Stanišić (1 January 1992 – 26 October 1998)
  • Radomir Marković (27 October 1998 – 25 January 2001)
  • Goran Petrović (26 January 2001 – 15 November 2001)
  • Andreja Savić (15 November 2001 – 1 August 2002) (acting)

See also[edit]