LAST WEEK IN SLOVAKIA

Surprise and consternation as accused former spy boss is sped out of prison

The shock move by the General Prosecutor’s Office raised many legitimate questions. It then blocked some journalists from asking them at a press conference.

Vladimír Pčolinský leaves Leopoldov prison with his lawyer Ondrej Urban. Vladimír Pčolinský leaves Leopoldov prison with his lawyer Ondrej Urban. (Source: Sme - Marko Erd)

Welcome to your weekly overview of news from Slovakia. Slovakia’s general prosecutor and his deputy shocked (almost) everyone. There were protests in Bratislava and Košice against the backdrop of Constitution Day. Schools opened just as the Delta wave is starting to rise. Marginalised Roma remain poorly protected from Covid. Vaccination is no longer required to see the Pope in Slovakia.

Too many questions surround Žilinka

The havoc that occurred in Bratislava and in some isolated incidents in Košice when various kinds of anti-government and anti-pandemic protests took place on September 1 was nothing compared to what had broken loose the day before.

On the eve of Constitution Day – coincidentally, the 26th anniversary of the abduction of the president’s son, an infamous event that marked a low point of Slovakia’s “wild 1990s” – the General Prosecutor’s Office unexpectedly freed a high-profile corruption suspect, former secret intelligence (SIS) chief Vladimír Pčolinský, absolving him of all charges and letting him drive away from prison after almost six months in custody. To add to the almost surreal quality of the proceedings, he stepped through the doors of Leopoldov prison only to climb into a garish and very expensive sports car in which he sped off with his lawyer.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Top stories

News digest: Prosecutor calls charges against journalists unlawful and unfounded

Editors-in-chief supported accused journalists before charges were dropped. Poll unveils how an ideal foreigner should look. No vote on changes to the Citizenship Act.


14 h
The latest Focus poll has found that 57.7 percent of Slovaks think the government should not be lenient when it comes to taking refugees in.

Show us you belong and we will accept you. Poll shows Slovaks' attitudes to foreigners

The latest Focus poll unveils how an ideal foreigner looks to Slovaks, and if Slovakia can ever become a home to foreigners.


20. sep
The media have condemned the change, approved by MPs, that extends the moratorium to 50 days

We condemn the latest attack against journalists

Slovak journalists stand behind their colleagues from Denník N.


21. sep
Former special prosecutor Dušan Kováčik escorted to the courtroom on September 20.

The ten strongest points of the verdict against former special prosecutor

Dušan Kováčik is the first high-ranking official under the Smer-led governments to hear a guilty verdict on corruption charges.


21 h
Skryť Close ad