The story of Sociakol consumer cooperative in the years 1945-1950 is described. The institutional and methodological approach to studying the history of the cooperative is combined with a biographical approach depicting the stories of a limited circle of persons in its management. Thus, this particular regional example helps us explain the interconnection between the Communist Party and consumer cooperatives. It demonstrates the gaps and limits available in the social system prior to and after the Communist coup of 1948 that made it possible for well managed fraudulent groups of people operating in border regions to carry out illegal economic activities well covered with the then political and economic trends and slogans. It also shows the reasons for prosecuting and suing these people after the February Coup, and gives details of the lawsuits against them under the political supervision by the Communist Party.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.