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Bratislava ŠtB files include well-known names

THE NATIONAL Memory Institute (UPN) made the files of ŠtB (Communist era secret service) agents of the Bratislava region public on March 18, the news agency TASR reported.

Among those registered as having been agents are Slovak Communist Party (KSS) MP Karol Fajnor, Roman Catholic archbishop Ján Sokol, and general bishop of the
Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession (ECAV) Július Filo.

Fajnor is registered under the cover name "Nora" in the ŠtB files. According to TASR, general archbishop Filo is registered under the cover names “Správca” or “Julo”, and archbishop Sokol under the cover name "Svätopluk".

Ivan Osuský, Filo's deputy and bishop of the ECAV Western district, is also registered as an agent, under the alias “Vilo”, in the ŠtB files.

According to the files, former hockey-player and the head of president Schuster's PR office Dárius Rusnák is also on the list of ŠtB agents, as well as Eduard Kostolanský, rector of the University of Cyril and Methodius in Trnava and Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) MP Jozef Banáš.

Listed as ŠtB co-operator is Otto Berger, chief executive of Prvá slovenská stávková spoločnosť Niké (betting shops) under the alias "Ujo (uncle)".

The ŠtB kept files on Peter Mihók, long-time head of the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the former chief executive of Ozeta Trenčín's, Štefan Bratko.

Compiled by Marta Ďurianová from press reports
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