Radicova: Corruption Rooted in Slovak mentality

Speaking on Slovak radio on Saturday, acting Prime Minister Iveta Radicova touched on how Slovakia lacks legislation governing the lobbying of businesses and interest groups on Slovak politicians.

As the whole issue of crony relations between businesses and politicians grabbed media attention following the release of the Gorilla transcripts, Radicova said these kinds of relations should be defined by law. She noted how businesses do their utmost to get on good terms with politicians so they can sway their decisions.

"Why do you hide party business, Mrs. Radicova?" reads a recent billboard campaign

Radicova said “getting corruption, which is ingrained under our skin, out of our mentality, out of politics and basic institutions, often seems like a Don Quixote battle”. She said this was partly because of the close ties between business people and politicians that develop in such a small country.

Talking on the Gorilla affair, which saw the leak of secret service information pointing to cronyism and parallel financing in political parties, Radicova feels that it will never be fully investigated, like many other sensitive cases in Slovakia. She believes that the actual recordings that are mentioned in the texts have long been destroyed, while quietly hoping that the Attorney General’s Office will handle the case properly. “It’s now or never” she concluded.

The Gorilla case was already investigated by the police 5 years ago, but the case was closed with the conclusion that the texts were not authentic. The texts are highly incriminating of various top politicians and public figures, so few expect any real repercussions to be incurred from it. The newer parties are obviously pushing for justice to be done, with the liberal SaS party putting together signatures for a special parliamentary session on the affair.

After her government collapsed in October, Radicova announced publicly that she would be leaving politics, but now the itch has returned. She now does not rule out the possibility as she had promised the late Vaclav Havel that she would not back off from public political life altogether.


  1. Oh please , what country do you live in ? There is corruption at a political level in every country in the World . Do you the the President of the USA ( hrummm, the greatest democracy in the world ??) gets elected without the money from the corporate giants like IBM, Monsanto, the XZY of the world . How do you think he raises the 20/30 million dollars he needs ??

    The Fact is BIG CO. is running and lobbying government policy in every country in the world . Do you actually think we all ran off to Iraq to find WMD`s or so Dick Chaney his pals at Haliburton, got billions in no bid contracts ???

    BTW. Peter are you a dim Slooovak ?

  2. Hi there George!
    …and which country do you live in?
    Why are you trying fool readers of this ‘webnews’ by your lies!
    For twenty years has been obvious that Penta Group is very close to politics especially when something somewhere was going on about the bussiness or privatization where is obvious there was a corruption!!!

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