Corruption & scandals

News on corruption in Slovakia

How the agricultural subvention agency was turned into a bribe machine

The Slovak National Party (SNS) that co-ruled the country until recently also implicated by some witnesses.Peter Kováč5. May 2020, at 12:41

Juraj Kožuch arrives to court.

Ex-representative of the Agricultural Payment Agency and a financier suspected of taking bribes of €1m

The police laid charges of corruption in connection with the agricultural subsidies.Compiled by Spectator staff, 23. Apr 2020, at 22:47

Former head of the Agricultural Payment Agency Juraj Kožuch

New top Interior Ministry official might take a lie detector test

She faces suspicions of involvement in a carousel VAT fraud in eastern Slovakia. The OĽaNO minister and his deputy stand behind her.Compiled by Spectator staff, 23. Apr 2020, at 13:53

Interior Minister Roman Mikulec

Two of three firms to supply Slovakia with masks raise worries

One of the companies was founded only in January 2020.Compiled by Spectator staff, 16. Mar 2020, at 23:33

A Zornica worker sews a face mask.
UPDATED: 11. Mar 2020, at 14:04

Kočner's judges charged and detained

Acting Supreme Court president is among the detained judges.Compiled by Spectator staff, 11. Mar 2020, at 9:12

NAKA detains Monika Jankovska

Slovakia still does not punish politicians for corruption

The country dropped in the Corruption Perception Index.Compiled by Spectator staff, 23. Jan 2020, at 13:43

Corruption is one of the topics Spectacular College has covered

Poll: Slovaks worry about corruption and a bad political culture

The most problematic area is the standard of living.Compiled by Spectator staff, 8. Jan 2020, at 13:38

"Corruption is cancer of society"

Leaked video shows Smer's former fin min talk corruption with Trnka

Trnka recorded Počiatek talking about two major corruption cases of the first Fico government.Michaela Terenzani, 1. Dec 2019, at 23:38

Outgoing Finance Minister Ján Počiatek

Judges call on their colleagues facing suspicions to stop judging

The joint call has been signed by 168 judges from across Slovakia.Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Oct 2019, at 14:26

Illustrative stock photo

Millions fly. How they organised kickbacks

Some quotes from the Gorilla recording leaked to the media on October 16.Roman Cuprik, 17. Oct 2019, at 13:55

People who are central to the Gorilla file: Jaroslav Haščák, former National Property Fund head Anna Bubeníková, and former transport minister Jirko Malchárek.

Slovakia listens to Gorilla

Jaroslav Haščák tried to control the state without voters giving him that power.Beata Balogová, 16. Oct 2019, at 13:27

Oligarch Jaroslav Haščák owns the Penta financial group.

Gorilla recording has been leaked online

The recording is nearly 39 hours long. Penta is ready to submit a criminal complaint.Compiled by Spectator staff, 16. Oct 2019, at 12:19

Čaputová on Threema: We should be just when demanding justice

The president labelled the Threema scandal, if confirmed, “the biggest failure” of the Slovak judiciary.Michaela Terenzani, 10. Oct 2019, at 13:28

President Zuzana Čaputová

Voices on the Gorilla recording are authentic

The recording, found in the house of Marian Kočner, could advance the case of the biggest corruption scandal of the 2000's.Roman Cuprik, 27. Sep 2019, at 10:29

People who are central to the Gorilla file: Jaroslav Haščák, former National Property Fund head Anna Bubeníková, and former transport minister Jirko Malchárek.

Police seized mobile phones of judges and ex-state secretary due to corruption suspicions

Police launched a criminal prosecution due to the alleged attempts to influence judges by Marian Kočner.Compiled by Spectator staff, 9. Sep 2019, at 13:22

Monika Jankovská

Kočner's people can no longer earn off Technopol

The controversial case took a new turn.Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Jul 2019, at 13:18

Marian Kočner

Bašternák will go to prison and lose his property

The court issued a stricter sentence for the controversial businessman guilty of tax fraud.Compiled by Spectator staff, 14. Mar 2019, at 11:54

Ladislav Bašternák at court in November 2018.
UPDATED: 25. Feb 2019, at 23:45

UPDATED: President Kiska: Fico wanted to blackmail me

Smer chair Robert Fico allegedly threatened "a war" if the president refused to appoint him as Constitutional Court president.Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Feb 2019, at 13:31

Robert Fico hands in the resignation of his government to President Andrej Kiska in March 2018.

Italian journalist: Kuciak's work burned dirty money worth millions

The murdered journalist was better at investigating than the Slovak police, says Italian journalist Maria Grazia Mazzola.Ján Krempaský4. Feb 2019, at 13:21

Maria Grazia Mazzola

The perception of corruption in Slovakia has been the worst since 2013

The murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak has underscored Slovakia's disability to fight corruption.Compiled by Spectator staff, 29. Jan 2019, at 13:34