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    A chain of events set in motion by the assassination of a local investigative journalist and his girlfriend has left Slovakia's corrupt and ineffectual Prime Minister Robert Fico fighting for his political future.
    It all started last month, when investigative reporter Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova were assassinated. Kuciak had been working on a series about endemic corruption in the Slovak government, which he had linked to a cocaine trafficking and money laundering operation involving members of the 'Ndrangheta, an Italian organized crime group based in Calabria, a region in Southern Italy. Afterwards, police arrested seven Italian nationals living in Slovakia, and charged them with the murder. Kuciak had been working with an international investigative reporting consortium, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project,
    One wouldn't expect the murder of a journalist in a small central-European nation to make international news. But, somehow, it did: Even Buzzfeed ran a story about the killing with the (nausea-inducing) headline "A Powerful Italian Mob You May Not Have Heard Of Is Blamed In Murder Of Journalist And Girlfriend."


    Since then, Slovakia has been rocked by protests as the murder of Kuciak brought the extent of corruption in Fico's government into the open.
    And now, instead of praising the Slovakian people for standing up against crime and corruption perpetrated by a government that has long since lost any accountability it had, Bloomberg ran a story warning that the fall of Fico's corrupt government could open the door for a populist government to seize power. That would leave Slovakia with right-wing leaders, just like neighbors Poland and Hungary.
    Tens of thousands of people turned out again last week to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Robert Fico, who they blame for allowing rampant corruption. Interior Minister Robert Kalinak, a close ally of Fico, resigned on Monday before a key party in the governing coalition said it would push for an early election. It means a vote could come within months.
    "If the government collapses, there's a danger that Euroskeptic parties rise to power, which could seriously alter Slovakia's stance towards the EU," said Jiri Pehe, director of New York University in Prague. A change could lead to Slovakia joining Hungary and Poland, and possibly the Czech Republic could slide there too, which would be a very dangerous situation for the whole central European region."
    According to Bloomberg's bafflingly reductive interpretation of recent Slovakian history, "it seemed everything was going right for Slovakia, a country of 5.4 million wedged in the heart of a continent. A change of power 20 years ago and ensuing economic reforms turned what U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called "the black hole of Europe" in 1998 into a world superpower in car production and a member of Europe’s single currency."


    Last week, tens of thousands of protesters crowded the streets of Bratislava to demand Fico's resignation. But thanks to the hubris that inevitably accompanies feelings of political invincibility.
    Fico, 53, has refused demands from protesters in more than 40 towns and cities, opposition parties and a coalition partner to stand down. The premier denies all allegations of wrongdoing.
    Slovakia is "living a success story," Fico said. "We've come a long way over those 25 years and people's lives are better. This story can't end with one tragedy, however painful it is."
    Fico's latest term in office has been marred by allegations of corruption. But, as Bloomberg emphasizes, the country's gross domestic product is up 26% from when he first became prime minister in 2006. Furthermore, Fico has promoted himself within the European Union as a counterweight to Hungary's far-right leader Viktor Orban, who is engaged in a long-running legal battle with the EU over his refusal to admit refugees and migrants. The country is also one of the world’s largest per-capita producers of cars, churning out Porsche Cayennes and Audi Q7 SUVs at the Volkswagen AG plant outside of Bratislava. The capital’s region is among the richest in the EU’s eastern states.
    On Tuesday, the Reuters reported that a junior party in Fico's coalition looked set to jump ship. The party, the Most-Hid party, a centrist party that represents the country's ethnic Hungarian minority, has said it wants a deal on a snap election, or it will walk.

    More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-...uropean-nation
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    On 26 February, 27-year-old investigative reporter Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kusnírová, were found shot dead in their home in Slovakia.
    It’s suspected that Ján Kuciak was murdered for exposing mafia links to the political elite of Slovakia. Kuciak’s last story shows that criminal clans from Italy infiltrated Slovakia and developed close ties with politicians to launder money, evade taxes and get millions of Euros in agricultural and energy subsidies from the EU.

    Kuciak detailed that Slovakian prime minister, Robert Fico, hired Mária Trosková, then a 27-year-old former topless model and Miss Universe contestant in 2007. Trosková had earlier been recruited to work for Member of Parliament Viliam Jasan (of Fico’s ruling Smer Party).
    Trosková had been a business partner of Antonino Vadala, an Italian living in Slovakia with close ties to the Italian mafia organisation - ‘Ndrangheta. In August 2011, Vadala and Trosková founded the Slovak company GIA Management. Trosková left the company after a year and after another 3 years was hired by Fico.
    Vadala owns agricultural companies in the east of Slovakia. Kuciak discovered that Italian prosecutors accused Vadala as a participant in cocaine smuggling by 5 ‘Ndrangheta crime families.

    We don’t have to worry that unexpected scandals will be exposed, as Scotland Yard, the FBI and other foreign agencies assist the Slovakian authorities with the “investigation”.
    Reporters will think twice before digging too deep into this scandal: https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...rter-shot-dead
    (archived here: http://archive.is/rHwsY)


    When Vadala faced charges in Italy, he eloped to Eastern Slovakia.

    Jasan explained to the media that he hired Trosková on the recommendation of an unnamed friend (probably Vadala). In March 2015, after less than a year, she left Jasan’s office to work for then PM Fico at the Government Office. A year later, Jasan joined her there when Fico named him director of the office and secretary of the State Security Council.
    Jasan and Vadala had cooperated in several business activities. Jasan owned private security company Prodest that was bought by Vadala and his associates. Jasan's son Slavomír is still in a joint venture with the Italians called AVJ Real.

    In the last 2 years, Smer was charged with covering up the tax frauds of businessman Ladislav Basternák, who was in business with interior minister Robert Kalinák.
    Former minister of economy Pavol Rusko referred to Vadala as an "energy entrepreneur". Rusko is accused of ordering murder. Rusko met Vadala through chief state councillor Mária Trosková.

    In February 2003, the Italian court sentenced 9 defendants of the Libri clan (one of the most powerful within the ‘Ndrangheta). Among the accused was Antonino Vadala.
    In 2017, members of Antonino Vadala's family were amongst 18 gang members prosecuted for smuggling hundreds of kilograms of cocaine into Europe for 'Ndrangheta.
    Antonino Vadala was directly involved in tax fraud in Slovakia. Palombi said that Vadala advised him to transfer real estate to AV - Real via Genna Ltd in a scheme to evade taxes.
    Antonino’s relative Sebastiano Vadala, was prosecuted by the Trebisov district court for extortion. According to the Prosecutor, Vadala threatened to murder somebody that didn’t want to cooperate. Sebastiano was eventually cleared of all charges.

    Apart from the Vadalas and the Cinnantes, also the Rods and Catropoves families are active in Slovakia. In 2015 and 2016, the companies these families control received more than 8 million Euros from the Agricultural Payments Agency (PPA).
    From 2012 to 2017, 3 companies of the Diego Roda family alone received € 8.3 million in agriculture subsidies.

    Fourteen years ago, the Italian Carmine Cinnante arrived in Slovakia. A few months later the Italian police arrested him for smuggling weapons to Italy for the Mafia boss Guirin Iona Ndrangheta.
    Carmine Cinnante is also a member of this crime organisation. Money laundering is the main business of ‘Ndrangheta also abroad: https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20770432/...-politics.html
    (archived here: http://archive.is/vKjyt)

    See Róbert Madej of the Smer Party and Antonino Vadala (on the right).



    This case reminds me of the murder of the Maltese reporter, blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia:
    http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthr...ed-by-car-bomb

    For information on the destruction and looting of (former) Yugoslavia by the Rothschild crime syndicate: http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthr...oros-amp-Mabel
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    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Firestarter again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenequity View Post
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Firestarter again.
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    Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico resigned March 15 amid political unrest over the Feb. 26 murders of Jan Kuciak, an investigative journalist, and his fiancee, Deutsche Welle reported.

    Fico's resignation was likely an attempt to avoid an early election and guarantee his coalition remains in power.

    More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situa...litical-unrest
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    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

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    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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    What a stupid move!
    On 15 March, shortly after my post about the murder of the Slovak reporter, Slovak PM Robert Fico resigned, after 2 ½ weeks of mass demonstrations.

    President Andrej Kiska had said that Slovakia needed either a deep restructuring of the government or new elections. On 14 March, Fico said at a news conference that he had offered Kiska “to solve the political crisis by resigning my post as prime minister”.
    Peter Pellegrini, former speaker of the Parliament who was deputy prime minister, will now become PM.

    So Fico resigned, to prevent new elections and the ruling SMER Party can remain in power?!?

    Earlier this week, interior minister Robert Kalinak resigned. Kalinak oversaw the police, and protesters say that it wouldn’t be possible to have a thorough investigation of the murders with him overseeing.
    The justice minister and culture minister, and other officials, will also be replaced.

    To add to the discontent in Slovakia, on 15 March, another journalist, Lukas Milan, was sentenced in a defamation lawsuit to either 18 months in prison or a three-year probation during which he would be banned from journalism.
    Milan will appeal the judgement.
    The case stemmed from a magazine article in which Milan showed the corruption of high government officials: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/15/w...an-kuciak.html
    (archived here: http://archive.is/n0tHm)


    Fico had been prime minister for 10 of the past 12 years.
    His position became untenable after one of his coalition partners announced this week that it would support early elections unless he went.
    President Andrej Kiska mandated Peter Pellegrini to form a new government.

    Fico will remain Smer chairman.
    Editor of Slovakian newspaper Denník N, Matús Kostolný, said he expects the street protests to continue:
    Fico has left office, but will remain in power.
    The question is whether people will be satisfied with his departure, or whether they will continue to fight the system he left behind.
    In a strange twist, earlier this month, Fico accused Kiska of colluding with Rothschild agent George Soros to bring down his government after a public broadcast by the president: https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...rnalist-murder
    (archived here: http://archive.is/2xNkM)


    They can use these kind of tricks in West Europe, where people simply believe that the government isn´t corrupt, because the state media tells them.
    But don´t expect that the people in Slovakia will be fooled that easily…
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