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Spy journal lashes out at SIS

THE BRITISH magazine Jane's Intelligence Digest (JID) has published another critical piece on the operations of the Slovak Intelligence Service. JID claims that SIS continues to be affected by a lack of democracy while its newly appointed boss Ladislav Pittner tends to hire elderly people who are suspected of cooperating with the former communist secret police.

Pittner refused to comment on the piece, which Interior Minister Ivan Šimko called a pack of lies. Šimko sees evidence of a campaign to discredit the SIS in JID articles, the daily SME reports.

Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda says that the JID articles along with several scandals surrounding the SIS had been produced by failed SIS members and former members of the communist secret police ŠtB whom Pittner wanted to force out from the organisation for their murky past and poor quality work.

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Kysuce highway stalled due to missing money

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Slovak film won Generation Kplus section at Berlinale

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State insulation falls behind expectations, ministry widens support

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Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the state insulation programme. Illustration stock photo

US philosopher with Slovak roots, Michael Novak, dies

The man who advised politicians and even presidents Gerald Ford and James Carter died on February 17, aged 83.

Michael Novak