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Polish Leader’s Resignation Likely

Mon., Jan. 22, 1996

A spy scandal centering on Prime Minister Joseph Oleksy’s decade-long dealings with a KGB agent is likely to result in his resignation this week, politicians and diplomats said Sunday.

The allegations have rocked Polish politics since an ally of former President Lech Walesa declared last month that Oleksy, a former Communist, had passed state secrets to Moscow; the allegations prompted an informal inquiry by the military prosecutor’s office.

Oleksy, once the head of the Polish Communist Party’s ideology department, has denied the espionage charges but not that he was a friend of the Soviet diplomat and spy, Col. Vladimir Alganov, who was stationed in Warsaw from 1982 until the early 1990s.

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