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Kidnapping. The Black Hole of Democracy

Supported by: Bratislavský Self-Govering Region

Project span: May – September 2017 

Project team: Ľuba Lesná (author), Zora Bútorová (copy- and language editing), Grigorij Mesežnikov (supervising editor), Marián Velšic (lay-out, design), Ján Bartoš and Alena Adamková (administrative and technical support). 

Objective: The aim of the project is to familiarize the general public of Slovakia with the circumstances of the event, which significantly influenced the country’s internal political development in the mid-1990s and later – the kidnapping of son of Slovakia’s president Michal Kováč – Jr. Book written in the genre of the investigative journalist documentary, based on rich factography, describes the social atmosphere in Slovakia during the period of authoritarian power, the background of the confrontation between prime minister Vladimir Mečiar and president Michal Kováč, abuse of state power, including police and secret service, by the government. Book is intended to contribute into increasing professional level of public debate about the case in the context of the recent parliament’s decision confirmed by the constitutional court to abolish amnesties to kidnappers and to restart the investigation.

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