The register of collaborators with the State Security Services (SSS) and the Intelligence Services of the Bulgarian People's Army is a web platform, aimed at systematising and presenting in a simple, easy-to-access format information about collaborators with the communist totalitarian services. This information has been made available legally and officially by a series of commissions established by the National Assembly: "Bonev" (1997), "Andreev" (2001-2002) and "Kostadinov" (2007 – ).
Deep and objective investigation of the archives
The information published in the Register relating to the involvement and the activity of collaborators is based on the extant and accessible archive documents in the Central Archive of the Commission on Files.
The investigation and subsequent publication is a result of in-depth, objective and professional investigative work in accordance with art. 31, para. 1, point 3 of the Law on Access to and Disclosure of the Documents and Announcing Affiliation of Bulgarian Citizens with the State Security and the Intelligence Services of the Bulgarian People's Army. This journalistic activity is based on the right of society to receive information on matters of public interest.
No information about the personal lives of citizens
The Register will not publish any information or documents containing information about the personal lives of citizens. This includes information of a sexual nature, health information, or any sensitive information relating to the collaborators' families (wife, husband and children), which was collected in abundance by the State Security and the Intelligence Services of the Bulgarian People's Army.
We have not published such information not only since it falls within the legal right of protection of citizens, but also because it is not related to the affiliation and activity of the relevant collaborator or third person. The Register is a result of journalistic investigation and is not intended to encroach on anyone's personal life, but rather to systematise and disclose the activities of persons who worked in the totalitarian services.
Unified Profile of Collaborators
In order to systematise the information within the archives, a unified profile of collaborators was established. It contains more than 20 categories of information relating to the investigation into a specific person and his or her collaboration. The information was extracted from the relevant personal and working files of full-time and freelance collaborators, and in the case of persons whose files have been purged – from the card files which remain.
The unified profile of each collaborator contains information about their involvement and activity as well as addition publicly available information about the activity of the person after the 10th November, 1989.
The additional information in the profile of collaborators includes a possible statement by the relevant person in relation to his or her affiliation, if they have made such a public statement.