SOVIET ARMY DESERTERS IN THE US/UK ZONES OF GERMANY

Created: 1/19/1948

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MBIORAhUla* TOR THE DIRECTOR Of COTTRAl TrTTKLUOWCZ

SIIBJECTi SOVIET AftiX DE3EHTERS IH THB US/UI ZONES OF OKHttAHT

Tha niaaber of Sort at amy deserters tn tha US and theonaa of Ooraany la not known to the Intelligence Dl via Ion of the any.

Tha ID oatlatatea the maaberut la unable to atato whether thla eetlatate Inoludea all Soviet arar/ deeeriare in tbe areas or represents only thoee held In custody for retoru te tbe Soviet Usee. erbal atnaairrt eade la tbe su-aavr of 1PU6 baleen Oaaaral Helarnay and Harahal Sokoloveky, deserters froa tbe Soviet Arey apprehended byoreee are returned te their ooaaumda. and OS desertora are returned toutberltlee by tbe Soviet forces. As far as ORB oan learn, no attempt la sjade to exploit Soviet de-sertere for Intelligence purposas before tbeir return.}

Uaio- Soviet deeaartare are knees to reaaaln at large ln tha OS and OX Settee. Beao* If tba IS estimateppllsa only to these being bald fer return to Soviet authorities, tbe total masher ef deaertere eny be ae high

Uthough ID indieatoe tbat effloer personnel, particularly tbeee ef soae education, eakeigh perosntago ef tha total eoater ef aosaartere* tbe ID lelva speelfla flgnroe.

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