Information on cultural and scientific figures residing abroad
Report about "The organization of the operational work with regard to cultural and scientific figures who reside abroad for a long time for the purpose of work, tours, fellowships and international events", Sofia, June 9, 1971.
The report gives a good idea of the work of the State Security among (and against) Bulgarian figures of cultural life, who for different reasons lived abroad. It highlights, among others, that "Among the intelligentsia, there is an increasing desire for escape to the capitalist countries in order to gain material benefits and a desire for 'creative expression and recognition' in the West. As a consequence, there are many cases of non-return. Strengthening the operational work on the selection of candidates for exit abroad is proposed." Hence, the document also reveals the strategies used by the regime to control international travel to the West of personalities from cultural life.
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