Kosta Novaković

Kosta Novaković (c. 1886 in Čačak – 1939 in Moscow, USSR) was a Serbian and Yugoslav socialist politician, journalist and professor and one of the most prominent in the Serbian left-wing politics of the 20th century.[1]

Novaković during the 1930s
Novaković after arrest by NKVD, 1938

He was a prominent member of the Serbian Social Democratic Party in the Kingdom of Serbia and one of the founders and leaders of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia.

He was the editor of the leftist newspapers "Radnicke novine", "Radnik" and "Borba". As a Serbian soldier, he was in Albania during the Balkan Wars, informing the public about the atrocities committed there.[2]

His most significant literary work is "Macedonia to Macedonians, Land to the Peasants", for which he was sentenced to prison by the authorities of Kingdom of Yugoslavia. After the ban of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia legal activity he emigrated from the Kingdom of Yugoslavia to the Soviet Union, where he continues his political actions.[3]

During the Stalinist purges in 1939, he was shot dead along with many other leading Yugoslav communists.


  1. ^ "Tito sudi - Staljin strelja". www.novosti.rs.
  2. ^ Drachkovitch, Milorad M. (April 20, 1986). Biographical Dictionary of the Comintern. Hoover Press. ISBN 9780817984038 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Čačani: Kosta NOVAKOVIĆ