The real and expected privileges of the Security Service collaborators recruited from academic milieu in the 1980s

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Piotr Franaszek

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Despite the elaborated techniques of electronic surveillance, personal sources of information still remain the best possible method of infiltrating a criminal milieu. Such methods gain special importance in totalitarian states. Collaborating with the Security Service almost always had some notable benefits. For some of the TWs, collaborating was an additional, sometimes quite substantial, source of income. One of repeating motives for collaboration was a will to improve one’s professional position or to easily obtain a permission to go abroad. There were also persons, who were impressed with having contacts with the Security Service functionaries. Almost all collaborators were using different forms of help from the part of the Security Service. Most of them would obtain real financial and material profits. The spectrum of favours offered to those helping the repressive state apparatus was very extensive.

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Franaszek, P. (2016). The real and expected privileges of the Security Service collaborators recruited from academic milieu in the 1980s. Studia Historiae Oeconomicae, 33, 69-84. https://doi.org/10.2478/sho-2015-0005
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Piotr Franaszek, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Kraków

Piotr Franaszek PhD, full professor of history at the Institute of History of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, head of the economic and Social history Chair at the Jagiellonian University. Scientific interests: social and economic history of the 19th and 20th century, activities of communist secret service during years of Polish People’s Republic. Selected books include: Myśl techniczna w galicyjskim wiertnictwie naftowym w latach 1860­1918, Kraków 1991; Produkcja roślinna w Galicji doby autonomicznej, Kraków 1995; Zdrowie publiczne w Ga­licji w dobie autonomii, Kraków 2002; “Jagiellończyk”. Działania Służby Bezpieczeństwa wobec Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego w latach osiemdziesiątych XX w., Kraków 2012.