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Hrušovský did not spy on fellow citizens

ALTHOUGH Speaker of Parliament and head of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) Pavol Hrušovský was registered as a candidate for confidential cooperation with the Communist-era secret service (ŠtB), he never consciously spied for the ŠtB, the TASR news agency reported.

Hrušovský himself revealed the information to stave off speculation ahead of the publication on the Internet of the ŠtB's Western Slovakia section files.

In the early 1990s an independent Interior Ministry commission and the Commission for Clarifying the Events of November 17, 1989, confirmed that Hrušovský had never spied on his fellow citizens.

However, the ŠtB did have a file on him from February 1978 to December 12, 1989, when it was destroyed.

The National Memory Institute (ÚPN) has already published the files from the former ŠtB's central and eastern Slovak sections.

According to Hrušovský, the ŠtB kept a file on him because of his contacts with representatives of underground churches in Slovakia during that period.

KDH representatives said the party would make no further comment on the case after the last section of the ŠtB files is published.

The ÚPN said it would continue publishing the names of almost 100,000 people who the ŠtB thought might cooperate with them.

"Almost 10,000 of the 100,000 agreed to secretly cooperate," ÚPN press secretary Michal Dzurjanin told TASR.

Seven registered churches in Slovakia recently asked that the publication of the ŠtB files be ended.

ÚPN considers the churches call an attempt to prevent society from knowing the truth about both the Nazi and Communist eras in Slovakia.

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