Jan Zajíc – the story of “human torch number two”

February 25, 2019

On February 25 1969, exactly one month after Jan Palach, another man set
himself alight in protest to Czechoslovak apathy following the Soviet
invasion of 1968. The name of the second human torch was Jan Zajíc, a high

Punk’s not dead

February 24, 2019

The roots of Czechoslovak punk stretch 40 years back, to a concert of an
alternative band called Extempore. The gig took place on February 23, 1979
in a Prague pub U Zábranských, and featured several cover versions of

Jeseníky – A tough but beautiful mountain range

February 22, 2019

They may not feature sharp alpine peaks, but the Jeseníky Mountains are
beautiful in their own right. The Silesian mountain range offers an
enjoyable pastime to both skiers and mountain hikers, who can also view the

Thousands attend rallies in honour of journalist Ján Kuciak

February 22, 2019

Thousands of people in the Czech Republic and Slovakia attended rallies on
Thursday evening in to mark the first anniversary of the murder of Slovak
investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová.

Petra Kvitová through to semi-finals in Dubai

February 21, 2019

In tennis, No 2 seed Petra Kvitová reached the semi-finals at the Dubai
Championships on Thursday, after defeating Viktória Kužmová of Slovakia
6-4, 6-0. The two-time Wimbledon champion will face Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei

Czech colleague: Slovakia “going in right direction” year after Kuciak’s murder

February 21, 2019

Thursday is the first anniversary of the shocking murder of Ján Kuciak, a
young Slovak journalist who was gunned down with his fiancée. One year on
rallies in the couple’s honour are being held in Slovakia and Prague,

Czech colleague: Slovakia “going in right direction” year after Kuciak’s murder

February 21, 2019

Thursday is the first anniversary of the shocking murder of Ján Kuciak, a
young Slovak journalist who was gunned down with his fiancé. One year on
rallies in the couple’s honour are being held in Slovakia and Prague,

Central Europeans, conspiracy theories and nostalgia for Communism

February 20, 2019

Which Central Europeans are most likely to believe conspiracy theories?
Which are most nostalgic for the communist regime or pro-NATO? The answers
may well surprise you, say researchers at Globsec, a Bratislava-based

Mašín Brothers’ mother posthumously recognised as communist resistor

February 15, 2019

The Ministry of Defence has posthumously certified the mother of the
Mašín brothers, who famously shot their way out of Czechoslovakia in
1953, as having actively participated in the resistance against communism.

ÚSTR issues biographical encyclopaedia of high-ranking ČSSR Communist Party members

February 15, 2019

The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (ÚSTR) has published a
biographical encyclopaedia profiling Czechoslovak Communist Party
functionaries and leaders active in the years 1921 to 1989.

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