The Světlana case: partisan fighters, agent provocateurs, and the Third Resistance in Czechoslovakia

December 12, 2018

The short-lived secret organisation Světlana formed in 1948 grew to become
the largest anti-Communist group in Czechoslovakia, boasting several
hundred members at its peak, operating in more than a dozen cells, mainly

Czech population reaches 10.64 million, driven by immigration

December 12, 2018

The Czech population grew by nearly 28,000 in the first nine months of this
year to an estimated 10,637,794 people.

According to preliminary data published by the Czech Statistical Office, as
in recent years, most of the increase stemmed from immigration.

Book on Czechoslovak spy to be adopted by Hollywood

December 11, 2018

One of the most fascinating Cold War spy tales, involving a Czechoslovak
operative who fooled a woman into thinking he was her long abandoned son,
being adopted as a screenplay by a Hollywood studio. Jaroslav Kmenta, who

Czech and French embassies echo Mitterrand gesture with breakfasts with human rights activists

December 11, 2018

The Czech Republic and France are holding breakfasts with human rights and
democracy campaigners at their embassies around the world on Tuesday. The
meetings commemorate a famous breakfast at Prague’s French Embassy on

European court rules against Babiš in StB files case

December 11, 2018

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a petition taken by Czech
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš against Slovakia in a dispute centred on the
files of the StB, the Communist-era secret police. Mr. Babiš says he is

Main Czech Radio building on Prague’s Vinohradská St.

December 10, 2018

The Czech (formerly Czechoslovak) Radio building in Prague’s Vinohrady is
a cultural historical landmark and the heart of radio broadcasting in the
Czech Republic. The Functionalist structure was ceremonially opened 85
years ago.

Why did Communists allow first public demonstration on December 10, 1988?

December 10, 2018

Monday is the 30th anniversary of the first demonstration ever permitted by
Czechoslovakia’s Communists. But why did the regime allow their enemies
like Václav Havel to speak publicly on December 10, 1988? And what did it
mean for dissidents themselves?

Czech book about Cold War spy picked up by Hollywood

December 9, 2018

American film production company Fox Searchlight has bought the rights to a
book by Czech journalist Jaroslav Kmenta called “Český špion or Czech
Spy”, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday. The book tells the true

Greenpeace protests against pre-trial detention for its activists

December 3, 2018

Greenpeace International has protested against a decision by a Slovak court
to hold a group of 12 Greenpeace activists, including two Czech nationals,
in pre-trial detention, as they await criminal charges for scaling a coal

Czechs and the aristocracy: a love-hate relationship

December 1, 2018

Czechs have always had somewhat contradictory feelings toward their
nobility. One of the country’s leading aristocrats once even bitterly
complained that Czechs are either louts or boot-lickers, nothing in


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