Adviser, EDA member discuss Greek army

Soviet Embassy adviser N.A. Salinov talked to member of the administrative committee of the United Democratic Left (EDA) Antonis Brillakis about the internal and external political situation in Greece. OCTOBER 4 1958 CLASSIFIED. COPY 1 Today, I invited Brillakis to my house for dinner. During the discussion, the following words by Brillakis yielded important information. (…) Referring to the question of a possible change in the political situation in the country, Brillakis said that at this juncture, in the army, two important political currents could be observed. One of these, which is represented by a section of higher-ranking officers, is preparing to establish a dictatorship…, leaving the monarchial regime in Greece intact. At the same time, another movement is ripening in the army, which has not yet taken shape or taken an organized form. Younger officers tend to participate in this movement. The aim of this movement is to overturn the monarchy, as a corrupt system, and establish a democratic system in Greece. This movement is being closely watched by the comrades in EDA and they are ready to support it. Nevertheless, it is still too soon for anyone to speak of this movement as having an organized form; however, similar tendencies are spreading among a growing number of army officers…

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