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Typenation state
Member ofEuropean Defence Union, European Union, Eurozone, International Criminal Court, International Energy Agency, NATO, OECD, UN
Formerly communist country in Eastern Europe. Now a member of NATO and the European Union.

Slovakia is a country in Eastern Europe.

Regime Change 1998

In 1998, there was a regime change against Prime Minister Vladimir Mečiar. Mečiar and HZDS narrowly finished first in the 1998 elections, with 27% of the votes. However, he was unable to create a coalition, and Mikuláš Dzurinda from the opposition became the new Prime Minister. Afterwards, Mečiar was one of the two leading candidates for the first direct election of the president of Slovakia in 1999, but he was defeated by Rudolf Schuster.

In December 1997, National Endowment for Democracy arranged a secret meeting in Vienna Airport between Ivan Krastev, an Endowment-endorsed Bulgarian expert in non-violent regime change, and Pavol Demes, formerly Czechoslovakia’s foreign affairs minister. They discussed how to get rid of Mečiar. Demes, as a member of the Cold War-era Czechoslovakian dissident group Charter 77, had been in indirect receipt of NED funding for a decade by that point. He returned to Slovakia with almost $1 million in Endowment funding to establish Civic Campaign 98[1] (better known as OK'98), a coalition of 11 anti-government NGOs. OK'98 also received financing from the US Information Service, George Soros' Open Society Foundations, the German Marshall Fund, and the British and Dutch governments. While OK'98’s leaders claimed to be non-partisan, merely concerned with preserving the election’s integrity, hundreds of thousands of leaflets the organisation distributed across Slovakia told a very different story. One declared: "Like the majority of our fellow citizens, we feel a deep distrust in our government."[2]

On election day, NED dispatched monitors from MEMO 98, an NGO aligned with OK' 98, to conduct a "parallel vote tabulation" (PVT), project the election’s outcome in advance, and publicize that data before results were officially announced. In theory, this was to prevent rigging, and Slovak authorities from tinkering with figures. As Hugo Turner pointed out, "However, the scope for abuse is obvious. Public suspicion and anger would inevitably be raised should a formal result differ from a publicized forecast, granting any opposition actors ample insurrectionary ammunition."[3]

George Soros boasted:

“"My foundations contributed to democratic regime change in Slovakia in 1998, Croatia in 1999, and Yugoslavia in 2000, mobilizing civil society to get rid of Vladimir Meciar, Franjo Tudjman, and Slobodan Milosevic, respectively," Soros boasts.”
George Soros [4]

In 2000 Mečiar ostensibly gave up his political ambitions. His HZDS colleague Augustín Marián Húska said: "The NATO-War against Yugoslavia in 1999 was also a signal to us, to not pursue any vision of political independence anymore. We have seen what will happen to forces that want to be independent."[5]


An event carried out

Evacuation from AfghanistanAfghanistanThe evacuation of foreigners from Afghanistan, one of the largest airlifts in history


Related Quotation

"Anti-corruption"“In Slovakia in the 1990s I used UK companies wanting to do business to engage with local businesses. We set up the Klub 500 of companies with more than 500 employees. We got UK MPs via the NATO Parliamentary Assembly to teach them how business relates to, and can fund and lobby, political parties legitimately in a democracy, instead of their then model of cash in brown envelopes.”Chris Donnelly24 May 2018


Groups Headquartered Here

Comenius University1919The largest university in Slovakia
Klub 5002002Organisation for businesses which employ over 500 people. Trained to fund political parties legally, not with "brown envelopes".
University of Economics in Bratislava1940Slovenian university of economics


Citizens of Slovakia on Wikispooks

Ladislav Hamran1973Slovak President of the European Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation, overseeing its expansion and global scope.
Miroslav Lajčák20 March 1963Slovak diplomat with WEF AGM habit
Nadia Marcinko1986One of four named "potential co-conspirators" granted immunity by the 2007 sweatheart plea deal that Alexander Acosta cut Jeffrey Epstein.
Vladimír Mečiar26 July 1942Prime minister of Slovakia three times, from 1990-1998, until finally deposed in a Soros-funded regime-change operation.
Ivan Mikloš2 June 1960WEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/2000. Attended the 2005 Bilderberg as Slovakia/Minister of Finance.
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