Take a Look at the Files of Julia Kristeva Released by the Bulgarian Dossier Commission
The relations between the State Security and the world-renowned philosopher and writer Julia Kristeva appear to be just like a cat and mouse game in the 1970s, according to documents released yesterday by the Dossier Commission.
On Tuesday, the Commission announced that Kristeva was recruited as an agent of the former State Security. She has worked for foreign intelligence with the nickname "Sabina".
However, the documents published yesterday show that she has not written any records of intel, she contacted the State Security officers but did not follow the instructions for conspiracy, did not appear in many of the meetings and according to one of the agents she attempted to legalize this relationship. In the declassified materials there are no documents written by Julia Krusteva herself.
Kristeva, who since 1965 works and lives in France and is a well-known name in the intellectual circles, has asked the State Security not to push her to write information "because she would not be able to expose the essentials."
The declassified documents show that the State Security has followed her every step since 1963, the files include characteristics written about her, copies of her letters to her relatives in Bulgaria. The assessment is that she has "good opportunities for work in our favour among French cultural figures".
According to one of the reports, Vladimir Kostov had psychologically prepared Julia Krusteva in 1966 for the upcoming recruitment. In 1967, agent Ivanov wrote about her: "It can be certain that Julia has left Bulgaria for good and remains in Paris."
In her dossier there is a document from December 1970 about a recruitment, "The recruitment of Y. Kristeva can be considered as completed successfully, proposed alias Sabina," Lyubomirov writes.
In subsequent reports of his encounters with her, he states that she misses meetings, the explanations are usually that she forgot, she was very busy, or her mother-in-law got sick and she had to take care of her. From the reports on the conversations of Kristeva with Lyubomirov, it is present that that she is talking about her work, vacations with her relatives and is looking for assistance to continue the validity of her sister's passport, who was studying abroad.
Her main task is about finding centers that work against Bulgaria but she says she could not find anything specific, the agent wrote in June 1971.
"On May 4, 1973, when considering the work of the resident agent in the presence of Lyubomirov, it was decided to end the operational contact with Sabina because she did not want to work, did not come regularly to the meetings, deviated from her tasks and had an open pursuit to legalize their relationship", is noted in a document in the dossier.
Through all that the time, the State Security is interested in the positions of Kristeva and her husband Philippe Sollers. According to intelligence, the two had some sympathy for China - "something that is now trendy among avant-garde French intellectuals." Later, in 1973, it was claimed that Kristeva and her husband adopted certain Maoist positions.
"From the questions she put to me it became clear that she was susceptible to the anti-Soviet propaganda led here, and despite my justified explanations and arguments, she was not firmly convinced of our just cause," another agent wrote.
Kristeva shared her political analyzes about the positions of the French Communist Party in France in July 1976 in talks with State Security agents, and even predicted Jimmy Carter's chances of winning US presidential elections, which came true several months later.
"I do not think putting pressure on her parents or sister is a good strategy as it may have an adverse effect, Antonov writes.
Again, in April 1976, he wrote: "She obviously wants her parents to come here, but she tries to act in a way that is typical of her - to get something from us without giving anything in return."
Julia Kristeva's case also includes a note from Lukas Draganov, Deputy Chief of Consuls, about a conversation with Kristeva about a letter in which she is complaining that her parents are not allowed to visit her family and see their baby son.
"I told Kristeva that Bulgaria would not kneel before her husband and the threat that he will write an article against our country, and that it was not a worthy behaviour by a Bulgarian woman. I added that we have a chance to retaliate because her sister is pursuing higher education with a scholarship in the USSR In response, Krasteva explained that they had no intention of harming Bulgaria's reputation, and she simply told our employees the dispute with her husband who could not understand how it was possible, after all, in Helsinki, that to two elderly parents are not allowed to go and see their grandchild in an irritated state said he deserved to describe the situation in Le Monde, the note writes.
In the end Draganov proposes, noting that this is also the opinion of the ambassador, to allow the parents of Julia Kristeva to visit her.