In Prague, a monument to wartime Soviet commander Ivan Stepanovich Konev is the target of a heated debate. Residents have covered the statue with graffiti and splattered it with paint, while others lay flowers at the marshal’s feet. According to one historian, the dispute over Konev’s historical role points to deep divisions in contemporary politics.Continue Reading

The Czech Foreign Ministry has called in Russia’s ambassador for talks, amid a growing scandal involving how Russian diplomatic apartments in Prague are being rented out. The ministry said in a statement March 21 that Aleksandr Zmeievsky was summoned “to draw attention…to serious problems in some properties used by the Embassy of the Russian Federation.”Continue Reading

On January 16, 1969, Jan Palach set himself on fire in Prague in protest against the August 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops. He died of his burns three days later. Palach’s funeral turned into a mass demonstration of opposition against the Soviet Union’s crushing of the liberal reforms of the Prague Spring.Continue Reading

The Czech spy agency said it is “obvious” that Russia was behind two recent cyberattack campaigns against the Foreign Ministry and the country’s diplomats. The agency, known as the BIS, said in its annual report on December 3 that the cyberattacks were part of the most serious wave of cyberespionage to target the Czech Republic.Continue Reading