Yordan Vassilev is a Bulgarian literary critic of 15 collections, including two books for Bagryana, co-authored with Blaga Dimitrova. In March 1948, his family was displaced from Sofia. Their Sofia residence was restored in 1964. He became a student of Bulgarian philology and in 1956 after the uprising in Hungary he was expelled from the Sofia University. From 1966 he began work at the Critics Department of the Septemvri magazine. In 1967, he was fired for an article manuscript, and remained for 2 years without a job, then began as a curator in Literary Thought, but was also fired. He works as a specialist at the Institute of Literature at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Protects a dissertation about Ivan Hadjiyski. Habilitated in 1990
He is one of the founders of the UDF. He was chairman of the National Democracy Club, as well as a deputy in the 7th Grand National Assembly and in 36 National Assembly, where he was elected chairman of the National Security Commission. As a member of the "group of the 39's," he refused to sign the new constitution.