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Victims paid less than their former oppressors

VICTIMS of the Communist regime - the list of those officially registered exceeds 100,000 - often receive lower pensions than those who sent them to prison or persecuted them, wrote the daily SME.

Judges, policemen, and prosecutors, even those who were part of the machinery persecuting the "enemies of the Communism" under the former regime, are eligible for relatively high pensions and the law disregards their Communist past and whether they worked for the Communist secret police. Their victims, meanwhile, had no chance to get well-paying jobs and today receive low pensions due to their low income over all those years, the daily explained.

Since 1990, the state has paid out more than Sk1 billion (€24.55 million) in reimbursements to the victims of the Communist regime. However, Anton Neuwirth, the chairman of the Confederation of Political Prisoners, claims that this means only about Sk12,500 (€307) per person, which is under the average monthly salary in Slovakia.

"We who sat in prisons for years get paid something like a monthly salary," he said.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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