The Nation’s Memory Institute (ÚPN) which was founded to uncover and study crimes perpetrated during Slovakia's periods under communism and fascism, recently hired Ján Bobák, a former employee of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism and a member of the Communist Party, from the Matica Slovenská cultural institution. The Sme daily reports in today's issue (Friday, July 13) that former as well as current employees of the ÚPN have signed a petition opposing his hiring.
Former ÚPN employee Patrik Dubovský, who was sacked at the beginning of this year and who is running for a seat on the ÚPN board, and Tibor Novotka, a signatory of Charter 77, organised a protest on Thursday, July 12. The petition in opposition to Bobák's employment was also signed by several current ÚPN employees.
However, ÚPN head Ivan Petranský is standing firm behind Bobák, arguing that the ban on former communists being hired goes only for members of the board, supervisory board and the committee. He told Sme that Bobák is not the only former communist in the ÚPN, but refused to name any others. Petranský accuses Dubovský of trying to promote himself before the vote on board members.
Unnamed ÚPN employees said it was outrageous that new people were being hired when only at the beginning of this year several people were fired supposedly due to a lack of money.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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13. Jul 2012 at 10:00