Vladimir Copic

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Čopić, Vladimir


Born Mar. 8, 1891, in Senj, Croatia; died 1938. Figure in the Yugoslav communist movement.

The son of a craftsman, Čopié graduated from a Gymnasium and studied law at the University of Zagreb until 1914. He was called into the army at the start of World War I and was captured by the Russians in April 1915. After joining the Yugoslav Communist group of the RCP(B) in May 1918 in Moscow, he was assigned in November of the same year to work in Yugoslavia.

Čopić was elected to the Central Committee in 1919 at the First (1919) and Second (1920) Congresses of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (CPY). In 1920 he was chosen organizational secretary of the Central Committee and a CPY deputy to the Skupština. Čopić was sentenced in 1921 to two years in prison for revolutionary activities.

Čopić was elected a member of the Central Committee in January 1924 at the Third Conference of the CPY and was a CPY delegate to the Fifth Congress of the Comintern in the same year. He emigrated to the USSR in 1925 and served as a representative of the CPY in the Comintern. After commanding the 15th International A. Lincoln Brigade in Spain in 1937 and 1938, Čopić worked in the USSR.

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