Title in original language: Rekonštrukcia spisovej a zväzkovej agendy tajného spolupracovníka s krycím menom „BUREŠ“. Andrej Babiš ako spolupracovník Štátnej bezpečnosti v rokoch 1980–1989
Author: Jerguš Sivoš
Title in English: Reconstructing the records and files of the secret collaborator code-named “BUREŠ”: Andrej Babiš as a collaborator of the State Security Service in 1980 to 1989
Journal: Česko-slovenská historická ročenka, 23, 1, 2021, pp. 129-163
Abstract: The paper describes the efforts made by a top Czech politician to exonerate himself and details the archival research conducted by Ústav pamäti národa [the Institute of the Nation’s Memory] that led to findings refuting his claims in court. Although the State Security Service (ŠtB) managed to shred a number of files in December 1989, it did not manage to destroy all evidence. Although incomplete, the information can be verified by reconstructing the records and piecing together a mosaic of relationships. Based on the assessment of these records and files in the context of the overall activities of the State Security Service and the relevant guidelines for the activities of counterintelligence officers, for working with counterintelligence collaborators and for record keeping, statistics and administration of counterintelligence activities, it can be concluded that the file of the confidant and, later, agent code-named “BUREŠ” was – despite minor administrative shortcomings – created, kept on record and maintained by the relevant units of the ŠtB in accordance with the internal regulations of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic.
Keywords: State Security Service, agent, litigation, counterintelligence