September 7, 1954

HARILAOS FLORAKIS: Various security services, both in the municipal police and the gendarmerie, are trying to exploit their success in uncovering a major espionage network led by members of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), who have entered Greece from behind the Iron Curtain, and to arrest the other communist members of that network. (…) Both the deputy interior minister, Mr Vrachnos, as well as the communist investigation branch of the general security police, have declined to reveal where the arrest of each communist took place. A mystery surrounds the place where the arrest took place of Harilaos Florakis, considered to be the leader of the newly discovered espionage network. Florakis is considered to be far more senior than Nikos Beloyiannis, who has been executed. In fact, Florakis held the office of Lt General in the bandits’ army, while Beloyiannis was a brigadier. GREECE-USSR: Prime Minister Field Marshal Alexandros Papagos exchanged greetings with Russian Deputy Trade Minister Ptiskin at the Russian stand during the opening of the Thessaloniki Trade Fair, in the presence of the Soviet ambassador, Mr Sergeyev.

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