ÚPN chairman to be elected today, SNS’s Kucek the favorite

THE RULING coalition parties will probably elect a new chairman of the National Memory Institute (ÚPN) today. According to the Sme daily, the hottest candidate for the post is an unknown 28-year-old Bratislava lawyer, Adrián Kucek, who is the candidate of the far-right Slovak National Party (SNS).

According to Rafael Rafaj, the head of the SNS parliamentary caucus, the SNS’ coalition partners Smer and the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) have no objections to Kucek.

Kucek describes himself as a moderate.

“I don’t belong to any radical wings and I would like to lead the ÚPN in line with the law. My membership in the SNS and the opinions that I have as a private person will not affect my work at all,” he said.

Kucek says he recognizes the qualities of the first ÚPN Chairman Ján Langoš.

Observers, however, are worried about an SNS nominee taking the ÚPN post.

“The fact that he is a representative of the SNS raises questions about whether he will have enough determination to research the pre-communist [i.e. fascist] history of Slovakia,” said Grigorij Mesežnikov, head of the Institute for Public Affairs think-tank.

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