Former Czech leader fails to expunge Cold War-era informant record

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Former Czech prime minister Andrej Babis’ attempt to have his name removed from a list of Cold War-era state informants in Slovakia failed on Tuesday after a Bratislava court rejected his arguments, reported the TASR news agency. Babis, who headed a populist government until last year, and is originally from Slovakia, is listed in documents obtained by the National Memory Institute (UPN), a Slovakian institution that tracks abuses by the Cold War-era government, as an informant. According to the documents, Babis had the code name Bures. Babis argues that he never knowingly worked with the Czec…

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