The former agricultural facility complex in the village of Dolná Krupá (Trnava Region) was expected to turn into a military museum and the base of the Russian motorcycle gang the Night Wolves.
Instead, its owner is facing several financial problems, the Sme daily reported.
Jozef Hambálek was first fined €33,000 for bringing military machinery to the complex without informing the Defence Ministry. He was recently fined again, this time for building the base at odds with the approval decision.
Hambálek has failed to answer any questions. Moreover, the locals say they have not heard anything about the planned museum for some time.
“It’s absolutely dead there,” said Teofil Mihalovič, local councillor for the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), who served as the village’s mayor last year, as quoted by Sme. “Instead of a museum poster there is a picture with a lawnmower now.”
A museum without technology
Although Hambálek originally wanted to open a military museum last summer, he already lost the planned exhibits the following month. The complex was widely covered by the media, referring to the close contacts between the Night Wolves and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as their recruitment of fighters for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.Related articleRead more
There were also reports that a paramilitary organisation Slovenskí Branci (Slovak Levies) was training in the complex.
Although Hambálek rented the discarded military equipment from the Military History Institute, following media reports, he had to return them and also pay a fine.
At the same time, the Night Wolves published a call for fans to send them money. They promised to publish the donations, but they do not have a transparent account, Sme wrote.
Little has changed in the complex since then. Moreover, locals say that the Night Wolves did not show up at the place when crossing Slovakia earlier this year.
Hambálek struggles with debts
It is possible Hambálek is struggling to pay the fines. He has several companies with bikes, of which Bikers Centrum TT is the most active. Its revenues amounted to €119,500 last year, while profits amounted to €15,000.Related articleRead more
However, Hambálek also has debts that were generated by his previous companies, the Aktuality.sk website wrote in January 2017.
Hambálek said at the time that the problems were caused by the insolvency of his clients.
The reports from the Finstat website and the notarial chamber suggest that he borrowed more than €811,000 for his museum in January 2019, Sme wrote.
19. Sep 2019 at 13:15 | Compiled by Spectator staff