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Secret service archives to be made accessible

Parliament on July 10 approved two laws banning people from the secret service who worked in the former communist ŠtB secret service, and allowing ŠtB archives to be opened to the public. This means that citizens will be able to find out whether the ŠtB had files on them or not, as well as the names of agents who spied on them.

The laws call for the creation of a Office of National Remembrance to store the files within six months, and define the 1939-1989 era as “the period of non-freedom”. It will also henceforth be a crime to publicly deny, doubt, support or excuse the crimes of communism, just as it is punishable to do the same things regarding fascism.

“The truth will make us free,” said MP Ján Langoš, the triumphant author of the laws.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
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