Institute for Studies of the Recent Past and the History Department of the New Bulgarian University are inviting you to the public lecture:
A NEW LOOK AT THE GEORGIEV SPY CASE
based on Bulgarian and American declassified documents
Prof. Brian Boeck
28 March 2023 / 14:30 h.
New Bulgarian University, Campus 1, auditorium 305-2k
Moderation: Prof. Momtchil Metodiev
Asen Georgiev was a Bulgarian lawyer and diplomat who confessed to working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) between 1957 and 1963. In a show trial staged in 1963 in Sofia Bulgaria, prosecutors alleged that he had been paid nearly $200,000 for his services and accused him of undermining the interests of the entire socialist camp by handing over Soviet secrets to the Americans. This article offers a comprehensive de novo analysis of the Georgiev case based on the extensive records of the Bulgarian State Security Service and individual declassified CIA documents. This study demonstrates that Georgiev’s intelligence about Nikita Khrushchev was crucial for calling the Sino–Soviet split in 1960 and raises the possibility that he played unacknowledged roles in other international crises in 1961 and 1962.