Pro-Russian Paramilitary Group Linked to Slovak Sniper

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot by a 71-year-old poet named Juraj Cintula on Thursday. The attack has raised questions about Cintula’s connection to a paramilitary group called Slovenskí Branci, which has ties to an older group, Slovenské Hnutie Obrody, that has been associated with Nazi tendencies in the past. Members of Slovenskí Branci gathered at a memorial service for Jozef Tiso, the leader of a Slovak clero-fascist regime, in 2012.

Cintula’s association with the group began in 2016 when he praised their actions against immigration and their selfless dedication to defending the country. Despite his past association with the paramilitary group, the accused was described as an individual protester rather than a member of a radical group. The government urged for calm in public discourse and emphasized the need to address societal polarization to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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