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Most Slovaks want former communist-era secret service agents still in
leading public positions to leave their posts, a poll released
82% of Slovaks think people registered as agents in recently released
files should quit public life, according to a survey by the MVK
agency carried out for the daily Sme.
Fewer than 12% said they did not think that was needed, and 6% of
respondents had no opinion.
The agency interviewed 1,200 people in late February. No margin of
error was given.
Over the past few months, a government institute has published files
maintained by the country's former secret police. These files, dating
back to the 1950s, list names of former communist secret police
agents as well as citizens who were persecuted in Slovakia under
communism, which ended here in 1989.
While some officials registered as agents have given up their posts,
including former state secretary of the Ministry of Construction and
Regional Development Jan Hurny, most have given no indication they
are willing to do so.
Three current lawmakers in the Slovak parliament have been registered
as agents, according to these files. None have said they would give
up their seats in the 150-member parliament.
Apart from the political scene, the files caused a major stir in
Slovakia's churches. Some leaders and priests, including Roman
Catholic archbishop Jan Sokol, were listed as secret service agents.
Sokol denies the allegation.
The leader of the second-largest church in Slovakia, the general
bishop of the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession Julius
Filo, also was listed as an agent. He also denies the allegation.