According to a stasi list, the unofficial employee "notar" of the ministry for state security (mfs) received a certificate and a coin in february 1985, the magazine reports.
Gysi denies having been a "notary public. So far, he has always explained that the stasi apparently gathered information from various sources under this name. Deputy party spokeswoman marion heinrich emphasized in berlin on sunday: "gregor gysi has never received any gifts, awards, certificates, medals or money from the mfs."
According to "spiegel," however, the document that has now surfaced is an indication that the alias "notary" actually refers to a specific person. The stasi had given the IM the award for the 35th time. Gysi is awarded the "stasi foundation award" on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the stasi as a "sign of sincere thanks for the great support we received in carrying out the task assigned to us by the party and the leadership of the state. The document was signed by stasi minister erich mielke.