Glossary of East European Organisations

Abbreviation Organisation Name (English) Organisation Name (Original) Country
State Security Agencies
AVH State Protection Authority Államvédelmi Hatóság
Hungary (formally merged into the Ministry of the Interior in 1953, abolished in 1956)
DS (Committee for) State Security
(Komitet za) dǎržavna sigurnost
KGB Committee for State Security Komitet gosudarstvennoĭ bezopasnosti
Soviet Union
MBP Ministry of Public Security Ministerstwo Bezpieczeństwa Publicznego
Poland (to 1954)
SB Security Service Służba Bezpieczeństwa  Poland (from 1954)
Securitate Department of State Security Departamentul Securității Statului
Sigurimi Directorate of State Security Drejtoria e Sigurimit të Shtetit
Stasi Ministry for State Security Ministerium für Staatssicherheit
East Germany
StB State Security Státní bezpečnost (Czech), Štátna bezpečnosť (Slovak) Czechoslovakia
UB Office of Security Urząd Bezpieczeństwa Poland (to 1954)
UDBA State Security Administration Služba državne sigurnosti, Služba državne bezbednosti  Yugoslavia

International Organisations
COMECON Council for Mutual Economic Assistance    
Cominform Communist Information Bureau    
NAM Non-Aligned Movement    
Warsaw Pact Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance    
WFDY  World Federation of International Youth    
WFTU World Federation of Trade Unions    
WPC World Peace Council    
Political Organisations
Glavlit Main Administration for the Protection of Military and State Secrets in the Press   Soviet Union
Gosplan State Planning Committee   Soviet Union
MVD Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Soviet Union   Soviet Union
Politburo Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union   Soviet Union (equivalents existed in most other communist parties, usually under the name Political Committee)
Presidium Presidium of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union   Soviet Union 
Sovnarkom Council of People's Commissars Soviet narodnykh kommissarov
Soviet Union
Non-governing Political Parties and Organisations
OF Fatherland Front Otečestven Front  Bulgaria
BZNS Bulgarian Agrarian National Union Bǎlgarski Zemedelski Naroden Sǎjuz  Bulgaria
Czechoslovak People's Party Československá strana lidová  Czechoslovakia 
ČSS  Czechoslovak Socialist Party Československá strana socialistická  Czechoslovakia
SSO  Party of Slovak Revival Strana slovenskej obrody  Czechoslovakia
  National Front  Národní fronta/Národný front  Czechoslovakia 
  Freedom Party (Slovakia)  Strana slobody  Czechoslovakia
DBD  Democratic Farmers' Party of Germany Demokratische Bauernpartei Deutschlands  East Germany
LDPD  Liberal Democratic Party of Germany  Liberal-Demokratische Partei Deutschlands  East Germany 
NDPD  National Democratic Party of Germany National-Demokratische Partei Deutschlands  East Germany 
NF  National Front (of the German Democratic Republic) Nationale Front (der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik)  East Germany
HNF Patriotic People's Front Hazafias Népfront  Hungary
FJN  National Unity Front Front Jedności Narodu  Poland
SD  Alliance of Democrats Stronnictwo Demokratyczne Poland
ZSL  United People's Party Zjednoczone Stronnictwo Ludowe  Poland
FDP  People's Democratic Front Frontul Democrației Populare  Romania
Youth Organisations 
ČSM  Czechoslovak Youth Union Československý svaz mládeže  Czechoslovakia (to 1968)
SSM Socialist Youth Union Socialistický svaz mládeže   Czechoslovakia (from 1968)
PO SSM, Pionýr  Pioneer Organisation of the Socialist Youth Union Pionýrská organizace Socialistického svazu mládeže  Czechoslovakia
DISZ Union of Working Youth Dolgozó Ifjúság Szövetsége  Hungary (to 1957) 
KISZ  Hungarian Young Communist League  Magyar Kommunista Ifjúsági Szövetség  Hungary (from 1957)
FDJ  Free German Youth Freie Deutsche Jugend East Germany
Komsomol  All-Union Leninist Young Communist League kommunisticheskiy soyuz molodyozhi  Soviet Union
Young Pioneers  Vladimir Lenin All-Union Pioneer Organisation  Vsesoyuznaya pionerskaya organizatsiya imeni V. I. Lenina  Soviet Union
NOJ  People's Youth of Yugoslavia Narodna omladina Jugoslavije Yugoslavia
OP  The Pioneers Organisation Organizata e Pionierëve  Albania
SNM  Union of People's Youth  soyuz na narodnata mladezh  Bulgaria 
UTC  Union of Communist Youth Uniunea Tineretului Comunist Romania
ZMP  Union of Polish Youth Związek Młodzieży Polskiej  Poland
ZHP  Polish Scouting and Guiding Association Związek Harcerstwa Polskiego  Poland
Other Organisations and Key Terms 
AND General German News Service Allgemeiner Deutscher Nachrichtendienst  East Germany 
GSFG  Group of Soviet Forces in Germany    
Gulag Main Administration of Corrective Labour Camps Glavnoye Upravleniye Lagerej Soviet Union
Intourist  Foreign Tourist   Soviet Union
Kolkhoz  Collective Farm kollektivnoye khozyaystvo (Russian)  Eastern European Region
MTI  Hungarian News Agency Magyar Távirati Iroda  Hungary
MTS  Machine and Tractor Station mashinno-traktornaya stantsiya (Russian)  Eastern European Region
PAX  PAX Association Stowarzyszenie PAX Poland
ROH  Revolutionary Trade Union Movement Revoluční odborové hnutí  Czechoslovakia
Sovkhoz  State farm sovetskoye khozyaystvo (Russian)  Eastern European Region
VOKS  All-Union Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries Vsesoiuznoe Obshchestvo Kul'turnoi Sviazi s zagranitsei  Soviet Union
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