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Top Czech scientist outed as Communist StB collaborator

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The Czech scientific community has been split by the revelation that one of the country’s most distinguished scientists collaborated with the Communist-era secret police (StB) as an industrial spy, stealing biological cultures and equipment in the West. The facts about Jiří Bártek’s underground activities from 1985–1990 stem from extracts of his StB files, which form the basis for Thursday’s revelations in the daily Mladá Fronta Dnes.

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