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Robert Fitzo

Robert Fitzo

Slovak pro-Russian politician, former Prime Minister
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Robert F itzo is a Slovak pro-Russian politician, twice Prime Minister (2006 - 2010 and 2012 - 2018).

Brief biography

Robert Fitzo was born on September 15, 1964 in Czechoslovakia.

He graduated from the Comenius University in Bratislava. Comenius University in Bratislava, where he studied at the Faculty of Law. He holds a Ph.D. degree in criminal law.

From 1987 to 1990 he was a member of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia.

Together with the center-left party "Kurs - Social Democracy", of which Fico is the founder, he won the 2006 parliamentary elections and formed a government coalition, becoming prime minister.

He resigned in 2010 after parliamentary elections. Then-Slovak President Ivan Gašparović tasked Fico with forming a new government, but he failed to do so. The new government was subsequently headed by Iveta Radiceva.

In April 2012, Fico's party won early parliamentary elections and was again allowed to form the country's government. Moreover, it was the first one-party government in the country since independence.

In March 2018, Fico resigned after mass protests in the country over the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak.

Following the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, Fitzo met with aggressor President Vladimir Putin and subsequently called for the lifting of sanctions against Russia. In 2023, Fitzo blocked the provision of MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine needed to counter Russian aggression.

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