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Philosopher Julia Kristeva Accused of Being a Secret Agent for Bulgaria

Martin Dimitrov of Balkan Insight reports that psychoanalyst and philosopher Julia Kristeva, who was born in Bulgaria, was allegedly an agent for the country’s security body that was active during the nation’s Communist regime. The agency—which reviewed files from the country’s secret service—claims that Kristeva was an agent and a “secret associate” for the First General Department of the State Security, a bureau that collected foreign political intelligence.

The committee released a document saying that Kristev was recruited by Ivan Bozhikov, a senior lieutenant, on June 19, 1971 and operated under the code name Sabina. The document does not say if she was paid for her services, how long she worked with the organization, or what exactly her activities were.

Balkan Insight tried contacting Kristeva for a comment but did not receive a response.

Kristeva has lived in Paris since the 1960s and is currently a lecturer at Paris’s Diderot University. She has written more than thirty books, including Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (1980), In the Beginning Was Love: Psychoanalysis and Faith (1987), and The Severed Head: Capital Visions (2011).