Who is Bašternák and why do they call him "our man"?

We answer the basic questions about the businessman who was sentenced for tax fraud on November 7, and his relationship with former ruling politicians.

Ladislav Bašternák arrives at court on November 7. Ladislav Bašternák arrives at court on November 7. (Source: Sme)

Even though the Bratislava II District Court ruled on Wednesday in just two hours, the definitive verdict in the case of the VAT returns of Ladislav Bašternák might still continue to drag on for years.

These questions and answers about the Bašternák case will help you understand who the controversial businessman is, what relationship he had with the former interior minister, Robert Kaliňák, and how the “our man” idiom was created.

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