Vera Pesic - Serbian Mata Hari

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The world of spies, their games and competitions, collecting secret informations, serving to homeland but sometimes and working for the opposite side too, have always ignited the imagination and attracted the attention of the audience. Like before, and today many dream of entering spy circle in which only the chosen are found. Some even succeeded in that intention.

One of such personalities is the little-known Velika Vera Pesic, a Serbian woman from Leskovac, today Republic of Serbia, who was involved in heavy spy affairs between the two world wars.

Velika Vera Pesic was born on January 5, 1919 in Sijarinjska Banja to father Milan Pesic and mother Angelina Andja Radovic. The mother leads the origin from the Montenegrin family of Milos Radovic, who was forced to leave Montenegro due to the conflict with Prince Nicholas I of Montenegro. Milos Radovic was a judge of the Great Montenegrin Court in Cetinje. He found a new life for himself and his numerous family in the Kingdom of Serbia, settling after the May coup in 1903 and the proclamation of Petar I of Serbia as the new ruler.

Vera Pesic was attended high school in Leskovac. Over time, she grew into a beautiful and attractive girl with a restless spirit, and at the age of only sixteen she married the lawyer and police clerk Milo Krcevinac from Belgrade, who served in the Jablanica district. The marriage did not last long and after the divorce she settled in Belgrade. She met Russian emigrants in Belgrade. While hanging out with them, she joined the circle of officers of the Counter-Intelligence Department of the General Staff of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. As an extremely attractive young woman, with fine manners and posture, she was soon accepted as a clerk in the General Staff.

From friends of Russian emigrants, she listened a lot to stories about crimes committed by Russian revolutionaries against members of military formations and nobles of Tsarist Russia, which over time created in her a special aversion to communism and communists.

Before the Second World War, she performed certain tasks for the Counter-Intelligence Department of the General Staff and over time made a successful breakthrough in the diplomatic milieu of Belgrade. However, with the collapse of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the contacts she gained introduced her into a game she could not successfully manage. During the war, she collected data and cooperated with the movement of Chetnics as well as with the Germans. She was also in contact with certain members of the Yugoslav Partisans and others.

Before the end of the war, on May 18, 1944, she was shot by the Chetniks of the Mountain Staff 110. She was only 25 years old.

About her life you can read in the book "Vera Pešić in the vortex of espionage" by Nikola P Ilic, published by the author in 2004.