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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • 1979

    Agreement for Collaboration between Bulgarian and Cuban Ministries of the Interior

    The agreement specifies the bilateral cooperation in the intelligence field.

  • 1979

    Bulgarian Cooperation with KGB against 'Subversive Centers'

    This document provides further details of joint KGB-Bulgarian measures to counter RFE and RL. It vaunts the effectiveness of Bulgarian regime counterpropaganda, claiming that it thwarted Western efforts to create internal strife in Bulgaria.

  • 1979

    Bulgarian Interior Ministry Note on Actions against Western Radio

    A Bulgarian Interior Ministry paper details coordinated actions against Western radio in the aftermath of the May 1977 Budapest meeting of Bloc security services. The paper identifies RFE, and notably several of its broadcasters who recently defected from Bulgaria, as a major threat. It accuses Western media of sensationalizing the murder of Georgi Markov (who was killed by the Zhivkov regime).

  • 1979

    Bulgarian and Czechoslovak Interior Ministries Plan to Cooperate against Foreign Propaganda

    This document details a plan for cooperation between the 6th Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria and the 10th Directorate of the Federal Ministry of the Interior of the Czecho-Slovak Socialist Republic during the period 1979-1981 against foreign propaganda operations. Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty are singled out.

  • January 13, 1979

    Minutes of Conversation, Todor Zhivkov – Leonid Brezhnev

    Leonid Ilyich analyzes the establishment of US-Chinese diplomatic relations and recent developments in Iran and the Middle East. Todor Zhivkov talks about Bulgaria’s economic development and the Soviet cancellation of Bulgarian debt.

  • March 02, 1979

    KGB Information No. 298-A on Kim Philbey Visit to Bulgaria

  • April 09, 1979

    Memorandum of Todor Zhivkov – Fidel Castro Conversation, Havana

    Memorandum of a discussion of the future of socialism in Latin America. Castro expects that the social instability of the region will lead to increased socialist influence and revolutionary movements, specifically in Nicaragua and Grenada. He cites two difficulties in his quest to help the Latin American revolutionary forces: his weapons stockpile is running low, and he has agreed to not transfer Soviet weapons to other countries.

  • May 11, 1979

    Letter from Constantine Karamanlis to Todor Zhivkov (Attached Correspondence with Nicolae Ceausescu and Josip Broz Tito)

  • May 26, 1979

    Report from the Head of III Dept. Bulgarian State Security, N. Serkedzhieva on Visit to Moscow in Connection with the Establishment of SOUD

  • May 31, 1979

    Report on Iraqi Intelligence Services Activity in Bulgaria

  • July 29, 1979

    Minutes of Todor Zhivkov – Robert Mugabe Conversation, Sofia

    Robert Mugabe - leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) and future president of Zimbabwe - visits Bulgarian and meets with Todor Zhivkov. Mugabe discusses the progress of the conflict in Zimbabwe and requests Bulgarian military support for his forces. Zhivkov expresses concern about the division of the Zimbabwean forces into two separate and competing military groups and advises him to unite with Joshua Nkomo's Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU).

  • August 07, 1979

    Letter from Sofia to Havana Regarding Perspective Plans for Intelligence & Security Collaboration

  • October 09, 1979

    International Press Coverage of Todor Zhivkov’s Visit to Vietnam, Laos and Campuchea

  • December 06, 1979

    Letter from Todor Zhivkov to Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev, Sofia

  • December 08, 1979

    Ministry for State Security, 'Clashes between Iraqi students in Sofia'

    Report on violence between Baathist and Communist Iraqi students in Bulgaria.

  • December 09, 1979

    Meeting with a Baath Party Member on Conflicts Between Iraqi Communists and Baathists in East Germany and Bulgaria

    Summary of a meeting with an informant from the Arab Socialist Baath Party (ASBP) about conflicts between Iraqi communists and Baath party members in East Germany and Bulgaria. The Baathists feel Bulgarian authorities are siding unfairly with the Iraq Communist Party and are planning sanctions in response.

  • December 13, 1979

    Violence Between Baathist and Communist Iraqi Students in Bulgaria

    In December 1979, the Bulgarian Intelligence Service reports to Berlin on a tense series of situations regarding Arab students studying in Sofia. After several fights break out between Ba'athist and communist students, resulting in many severe injuries, the nation of Iraq decides to recall a large number of its students studying in Bulgaria.

  • December 15, 1979

    Violence Among Iraqi Students Studying in Hungary and Poland

    In November of 1979, the Collegiate of the International Preparatory Institute in Budapest in the People's Republic of Hungary reports fighting between to Iraqi students. This trend of violence with Ba'athist Iraqi students spread to the GDR and Poland as well, forcing the nations to take drastic measures. In Hungary, the Ministry of Education even instructs all universities and colleges in Budapest to not provide any rooms for events and assemblies to foreign students.

  • December 28, 1979

    Soviet Communication to the Hungarian Leadership on the Events in Afghanistan

    This document provides an overview of the Soviets concern regarding instability in Afghanistan. Such an unstable state of affairs was the basis for Soviet invasion into Afghanistan; Hungary's support is requested.