by Sasha Uzunov

Responding to a request from TEAM UZUNOV, the National Archives of Australia (NAA) has released two photos of Dr George (Georgi) Trajkovski, the Yugoslav Consul General in Melbourne between 1975-79, believed to be the mastermind behind a successful campaign to infiltrate and discredit the local Croatian and Macedonian communities, as well as other groups opposed to then Communist Yugoslavia.

In both photos, taken in 1979, Trajkovski meets an unsuspecting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser (1975-83), after the Prime Minister donated a cheque for earthquake victims in then Yugoslavia.

The release of the photos follows in the footsteps of ASIO de-classifying its files on Trajkovski, once again at the request of TEAM UZUNOV.

This short man, who ASIO underestimated as a peasant, led one of the most succesful attempts at infiltration and destablisation of emigre and dissident groups !

The ASIO files on Trajkovski have been placed on the website for public access.

It took me 6 months and a copying fee to get the hard copies. 2 volumes, over 300 pages. Some pages have been removed by ASIO and the years 1978-79 are missing.

But there is still so much explosive stuff in these files. The telephone wire taps of conversations, ASIO field agents surveillance notes etc. ASIO initially believed that Trajkovski was the front man with others in the background at the Yugoslav consulate in Melbourne pulling the strings. They couldnt accept the Joe Pesci-Robert de Niro (Taxi Driver) wise guy act put on by Trajkovski. 

If you read the ASIO notes they were expecting a tall, quiet KGB guy straight out of a Hollywood Cold War movie…


SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2012


By Sasha Uzunov
A 1977 ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) assessment paper, heavily redacted, found in a newly de-classified file on Yugoslav diplomat, Dr George Trajkovski, reveals that Communist Yugoslavia threatened to step up its campaign to silence Croatian dissent on Australian soil and the consequence would lead to violence.
The conclusion reached in the ASIO paper is startling in light of the fact that in 1979-80 six Australian Croats were set up by a Yugoslav agent provocateur and sent to prison as as “terrorists.” 
“Yugoslav national security is seen as being as being threatened by internal dissension perhaps encouraged…
“The likelihood of (Croatian extremist violence) this occurring depends very much upon the determination of the Yugoslav government to destroy Croatian extremist bodies in Australia once it is realised that their diplomatic offensive at the most can have only partial success.”
In other words, if Yugoslavia could not get Australia to clamp down on Croatian dissent it would take the law into its own hands. It sounds like a threat.
The rationale for all this was the fear Yugoslavia would disintegrate after the expected death of Marshal Tito, then in his 80s, the ruler of the country. The irony is that Yugoslavia did fall apart in 1991, eleven years after Tito’s death but it was ethnic Albanian and Serb tensions in the then Yugoslav province of Kosovo which lead a spooked Slovenia, regarded as a prosperous Republic with no violent extremists abroad, to leave the Yugoslav Federation.
ASIO is Australia’s counter-intelligence and domestic spy agency.

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012


– newly released ASIO files reveal a clever Yugoslav spy plan and a powder keg of information from the mid 1970s. These revelations could put pressure on the New South Wales government for a judicial review of the 1980 Croatian Six set up.
By Sasha Uzunov
In one of the cleverest Good Cop, Bad Cop, Worse Cop Routines used, a three man Yugoslav diplomatic spy team lulled ASIO into a false sense of security and managed to create mayhem within Australia’s Croat and Macedonian communities as well as other Yugoslav emigre groups in the mid 1970s.
After a six month wait and a false start, ASIO has released two volumes on Yugoslav Consul General in Melbourne Dr Georgi (George) Trajkovski. The files cover the 1975-77 period.
The ASIO files reveal a three man team made of Trajkovski, playing the part of loud-mouth, uncouth peasant; Petar “Pero” Lombardic, faithfull Trajkovski hatchet man and man-servant, and a third member, Anastas “Aco” Stojanovski, as the quiet back room plotter.
There is a veritable goldmine of information, an intelligence powder keg, revealing names of local people passing on information to the Yugoslav consulate in Hawthorn, Melbourne; ASIO wiretaps of telephone conversations; and surveillance of Trajkovski’s every move.
According to a 1976 ASIO report, an Australian government interpreter/translator heard Trajkovski boasting to a visiting Yugoslav Parliamentary delegation:
“that none of the Croatian or anti-Yugoslav clubs or societies in Australia posed a serious threat to the security of Yugolavia….the Consulate had successfully either infiltrated, undermined or obtained control of every society that had in the past been a threat.”
Other explosive revelations include:
An unsuccessful attempt to win over Canberra Croat leader Mario Despoja, father of future politician Natasha Stott-Despoja;
Trajkovski’s bullying of Melbourne Macedonian Orthodox Church leaders into coming under Yugoslav Communist control in 1976.
The bullying and physical intimidation was so bad that the leader of the St George (Sveti Georgi) Macedonian Church, Christos Pandelis Altis (aka Risto Altin, Chris Altis), a former brother in law to Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner, Paul Deliannis, went straight to ASIO headquarters to lodge a complaint.
Trajkovski’s gatecrashing, uninvited, to a Slovenian community function in Eltham;
Monitoring of the Muslim Bosnian community;
The setting up of a rival “Croatian” group, the Croatian Brotherhood Union of Australia, as a front for Yugoslav government activities;
Trajkovski’s mysterious disappearance, and losing his ASIO surveillance team, in Adelaide and missing a meeting with flamboyant South Australian Premier Don Dunstan in 1976;
ASIO confirmation of the existence of Victoria Police officer and counter-terrorism expert, Geoff Gardiner, who I wrote about in previous articles as being my source for Yugoslav spying activities in Australia.

Link to Geoff Gardiner story:

Brave Cop Who Kept Victoria Safe
Tuesday, 31 May 2011