Veljko Vlahović

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Veljko Vlahović
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Born(1914-09-02)September 2, 1914
Trmanje, Kingdom of Montenegro
DiedMarch 7, 1975(1975-03-07) (aged 60)
Geneva, Switzerland
AllegianceInternational Brigades
Yugoslav Partisans
Yugoslav People's Army
Years of service1937-1939
1941-1955
RankGeneral major
Battles/warsSpanish Civil War
World War II
AwardsOrder of the Yugoslav Star
Order of the People's Hero
Order of the Hero of Socialist Labour
Order of National Liberation
Order of Lenin
Order of the Flag of the Republic of Hungary
Order of Polonia Restituta

Veljko Vlahović (2 September 1914 in Trmanje, Podgorica - 7 March 1975 in Geneva) was a Montenegrin member of the Yugoslav Communist Party from 1935. He studied in Belgrade, Prague, and the Sorbonne (in Paris), and finished his postgraduate studies in Moscow. He fought in the Spanish Civil War and was active in organizing the Communist Youth League of Yugoslavia (SKOJ). During World War II he directed the Free Yugoslavia radio. In 1944 he became editor of the Serbian communist daily, Borba. He also served as deputy Foreign Minister.

Vlahović was essential in organizing the documents for the Programme of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia (Program Saveza komunista Jugoslavije, also known as the Ljubljana Programme, which laid the principles of Titoism) and the 10th Congress of the Party, both in 1958. As such, he kept a great authority alongside Josip Broz Tito as an ideological mastermind.

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