Václav Havel

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Index on Censorship, inspired by Soviet dissidents, marks 50 years of fighting for free speech
The brave protests of Soviet dissidents in 1968 spawned an organisation that is still giving voice to Putin’s critics today

Martin Bright

27, Mar, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Letter: Roger Michell obituary
Francesca Shrapnel writes: Roger Michell had been able to go through the text in detail with Václav Havel, who was under surveillance in Prague

Francesca Shrapnel

13, Oct, 2021 @3:40 PM

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When power thrives on unspoken fear, bravery is in saying ‘I am afraid’ | Nick Cohen
Admitting cowardice is a subversive act within cultures that demand lip service

Nick Cohen

21, Aug, 2021 @6:00 PM

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Poem of the week: Before It Is All Gone by Ifigenija Simonović
A tough-minded reflection on the price of being a witness to traumatic history

Carol Rumens

21, Sep, 2020 @9:01 AM

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Victims, not victors? The uniquely Czech debate over how to memorialise the Velvet Revolution
Prague has long an uneasy relationship with monuments to its history – but 30 years since the fall of the communist regime, that could be about to change

Paul Wilson

02, Dec, 2019 @12:45 PM

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Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution - archive, November 1989
The brutal suppression of a student demonstration in Prague on 17 November 1989 sparked anti-government protests across Czechoslovakia which toppled the communist regime. See how the Guardian reported events

compiled by Richard Nelsson

13, Nov, 2019 @12:04 PM

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Czech Republic: protesters demand prime minister's resignation
About 250,000 people gathered in Prague to direct anger at Andrej Babiš, who has been labelled a threat to democracy

Robert Tait in Prague

23, Jun, 2019 @6:24 PM

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Slovakia's new president buoys Czech liberals on first foreign visit
Zuzana Čaputová’s arrival in Prague comes as activists plan fresh protests against rightwing Czech government

Robert Tait in Prague

20, Jun, 2019 @3:23 PM

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'Were you followed?' Václav Havel’s secret plays staged in London homes
Updating the covert living-room theatre of protest in 1977 Czechoslovakia, an interactive trilogy shows how easily our own freedoms can be dismantled

Lyn Gardner

04, Oct, 2017 @7:25 AM

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Czech actor Jan Tříska dies, aged 80, after fall from Prague bridge
Actor who emigrated to the US during Czechoslovakia’s communist era was best known for his appearances in The Karate Kid Part III and Quantum Leap

Staff and agencies

25, Sep, 2017 @10:35 AM

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Havel: A Life by Michael Žantovský review – ‘an imperfect man, like the rest of us’
An honest and moving portrait that reveals the man’s faults as well as his undoubted greatness

PD Smith

19, Jun, 2015 @3:00 PM

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The west’s assurances to Soviet ministers on eastward expansion of Nato | Letters
Letters: The Russians believe that they were misled: imagine our reaction if the position were reversed


26, May, 2015 @5:46 PM

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