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Charges brought in Ján Ducký murder

Ukrainian national Oleg T. was formally charged on May 28 with the shooting murder of Ján Ducký, former economy minister, Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) MP, and Slovak Gas (SPP) director-general.
Chief Investigator at the Interior Ministry Jaroslav Ivor said that the 29-year-old killer, who lived in Slovakia but kept his legal residence in Kiev, had waited in the hallway of Ducký's apartment building at Bajzova Street January 11 for Ducký to appear. As the parliamentarian approached the hallway mailboxes just before 1 p.m., Oleg T. shot him four times, riddling him with bullets from a 7.65 calibre gun.


The infamous Oleg T., who has been arraigned for murder.
photo: Národna Obroda

Ukrainian national Oleg T. was formally charged on May 28 with the shooting murder of Ján Ducký, former economy minister, Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) MP, and Slovak Gas (SPP) director-general.

Chief Investigator at the Interior Ministry Jaroslav Ivor said that the 29-year-old killer, who lived in Slovakia but kept his legal residence in Kiev, had waited in the hallway of Ducký's apartment building at Bajzova Street January 11 for Ducký to appear. As the parliamentarian approached the hallway mailboxes just before 1 p.m., Oleg T. shot him four times, riddling him with bullets from a 7.65 calibre gun.

Interior Minister Ladislav Pittner said he believes that Oleg T, was the only executor of the murder. But he added that investigators have information about an organized crime group to which the accused belonged; an international syndicate which operates in USA, Japan and Europe. In underworld circles, Oleg T. is known as Alex.

The break in the Ducký case came during a police operation aimed at rescuing a kidnapped child from Sala. Police caught the kidnappers during the exchange of child for money, nabbing Oleg T. and other accomplices in the blackmail attempt.

Witnesses to the Ducký murder have identified Oleg T. as a man who had been hanging around the Bajzova apartment building shortly before the crime. Oleg T. originally had an alibi, which was disproved.

The Sme daily reported that the head of Oleg T.'s Mafia circle is Ivan Miskov of Ivanka pri Dunaji. Oleg T. had been living with the fellow Ukrainian since January 1999 as a bodyguard and manager.

While the exact motive for the murder is still unclear, several charges had been filed against Ducký in early January in association with gross financial mismanagement in the SPP and illegal property transfers. In response to allegations of wrongdoing of Ducký's part, the HZDS leadership alleges that Ducký was murdered exactly on the day when "he could deny all the accusations at a press conference of the SPP."

In a twist to the case, private Markíza TV general director Pavol Rusko is also being implicated as having some involvement with same organized crime group.

Approximately three weeks before the Sála kidnapping was foiled, police detained original documents related to the legal dispute between Gamatex and private Markíza TV from August 1998 during a search of the residence of Miskov's residence.

Pittner said that "private Markíza TV general director Pavol Rusko will have to explain some things after Oleg T. is officially indicted," however, he refused to elaborate.

Born in Kiev, Oleg T. came to Slovakia in March 1992 from the former Yugoslavia, where he worked for a Ukrainian construction firm. In 1994, he married a Slovak woman with whom he had one child. He has worked at various times as a driver, bodyguard, and bouncer.

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