Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

BREAKING NEWS

Ducký bill on auction

AN AUCTION for one of the infamous "Ducký bills" - promissory notes signed against the SPP gas utility by its murdered former director, Ján Ducký - will be held on June 13 in Prague.

AN AUCTION for one of the infamous "Ducký bills" - promissory notes signed against the SPP gas utility by its murdered former director, Ján Ducký - will be held on June 13 in Prague.

The auction was initiated by Bolzano Enterprises, a firm registered in the British Virgin Islands. The firm owns the promissory note.

According to expert estimates, the value of the bill, which obliges SPP to pay the bearer a billion Czech crowns (Sk1.3 billion), is 310 million Czech crowns (Sk412 million), SITA wrote.

Ducký, an economy minister in the 1994-1998 Vladimír Mečiar government, was murdered by an unknown assailant in January 1999 at his Bratislava apartment building. It was later discovered that he had signed dozens of similar bills while SPP director, committing the utility to billions of crowns in payments.

SPP is still fighting several of the bills in court.


- Spectator staff

Top stories

In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).