Karol from Prešov, eastern Slovakia, printed and filled in a declaration of refusal to perform extraordinary service, which he downloaded from the website of the Defence Ministry. He then had a notary verify his signature and took the form to the district office.
With this statement, he basically refuses to go to a war in the event of a crisis situation.
The Defence Ministry says that such a refusal is nothing new. According to the law, citizens have been able to file this statement since 2006 if it conflicts with their conscience or religious belief.Helping to protect Slovakia. A commander who is a Czech paratrooper with Afghan experience Read more
Various thoughts on Karol's mind
Karol says that he decided to file the declaration because "one never knows what can happen." He does not anticipate a major world conflict, but admits that the thought of war has already occurred to him.
"I'm not convinced that I could go into battle with a gun in my hands," he explains.