Big cuts to pensions of former communist regime officials Slovak PM: correcting “horrible contrasts”

The parliament of the Eastern European country of Slovakia approved a bill on the 23rd that would reduce pensions paid to officials of the former communist regime.

The Associated Press reported that Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger said the bill aims to correct the “terrible contrast” between the unreasonably high pensions of the persecutors and the low pensions of the persecuted.

It is estimated that the law, which will take effect in August, will affect about 5,000 people. Before that, the bill must be approved by President Zuzana Caputova.

The bill targets people who worked for the Communist government and its security agencies and other units and “did whatever it took to keep the Communists in power. Pension cuts will be calculated based on the number of years of service.

Those who have helped those prosecuted by the communist regime or athletes who have joined the communist government’s military police will not be affected.

Czechoslovakia was peacefully divided into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993 after the Velvet Revolution, an anti-communist movement led by the late former Czech President Vaclav Havel, overthrew the communist government in 1989.