Power of Subterfuge

Clashes between Slovak Security Services Continue

5 August 2021

In the last couple of months, Slovaks have been witnessing worrying activities from their security services. While the law is slowly catching up to more elites, they are beginning to be met by stronger resistance. Recent developments have shown that the struggle is far from over. The conflict is multifaceted, not only does it concern the police but also politicians and prosecutors.

After the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak in 2018, the people of Slovakia expected change. The current Minister of Finance Igor Matovič won the 2020 election with 25 per cent of the vote thanks in part to his message of anti-corruption. Since the creation of his coalition government, several important people — oligarchs, judges, police officers and intelligence service officials — ended up in custody. However, this anti-corruption campaign by the government is becoming more confusing each day.

The Anti-Anti-Corruption Campaign

The corruption trials are unfolding thanks to important witnesses who are constantly revealing new information to investigators which lead to further investigations. Amongst those arrested was former Director of Slovak Intelligence Service Vladimír Pčolinský — a nominee of the governmental coalition party Sme Rodina (We are Family). 

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Matej Spišák

The author obtained an MA degree in International Relations from Central European University and studies International Security at the European Academy of Diplomacy. Currently, he works as Editor-in-Chief of Infosecurity.sk and Stratpol - Strategic Policy Institute Research Fellow.

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