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Perks for PM's brother

A brand new apartment valued at Sk3 million ($60,000) and given to the brother of Prime Minister Mikulaš Dzurinda by a state firm has raised eyebrows in the Slovak press and in anti-corruption watchdog groups.

Construction on Miroslav Dzurinda's new three-room, two-bathroom, 176-square-metre apartment in the centre of Bratislava was finished December 7. It was built by state railway company ŽSR - which is funded in part from the state budget - as part of its "social programme". Four other apartments were also built.

Dzurinda's apartment - including a fireplace, glass walls and spacious atrium - is serviced by a private elevator with an estimated value of Sk750,000. "These are private family issues and I'm not going to discuss them with you," he told an interviewer at the daily SME. "If you know something isn't right, do something about it."

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