Russian presence divides Czechs 50 years after Prague Spring | World news | The Guardian
On Oct. 20, voters in the Czech Republic will go to the polls for Parliamentary Never one to forgive or forget, Russia has for the past 20 years. However, there is a much more obvious connection between the Czech Republic and Russia. The relationship between the two countries could. Petr Kratochvíl, photo: archive of Institute of International Relations How does Russia see the Czech Republic – its one-time satellite – today?.
Czech Republic–Russia relations - Wikipedia
Britain voted to leave the EU. Far-right movements have made historic gains in France and Germany. Russian fingerprints are all over the Catalan independence movement in Spain. Governments or politicians whose interests align more closely with Moscow than Brussels have taken power in Hungary, Serbia, Moldova, and Bulgaria.
Russian presence divides Czechs 50 years after Prague Spring
Inthe Czech Republic risks becoming the latest in the ever-expanding club of oligarch-riddled regimes that Russia has helped engineer. He served as minister of finance from towhen he was fired due to allegations of tax fraud. In addition, Parliament has recommended that he be prosecuted for EU subsidy fraud.
His record as a successful businessman and manager appeals to voters, as do his calls to curb immigration, impose fiscal discipline, and limit ties to Europe. He defined the Ukrainian conflict as a civil war between rebels and the state, effectively denying any Russian aggression or military presence on Ukrainian soil. Zeman and Babis share a strong Eurosceptic streak.Russia: Putin and Czech President Zeman meet on V-Day
A determined and relentless Kremlin is systematically dismantling the security architecture of the post-Cold War international order. Is the country headed toward a rift with the European Union?
The leaders of Russia and China were among the first to heartily congratulate Milos Zeman on his re-election to a second term as the president of the Czech Republic last week. Last fall, he told a Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe PACE that sanctions against Russia were "destructive and ineffective," and called the annexation of Crimea a "done deal.
After all, the Czech presidency does not have much executive power. In theory Zeman can do little more than name ambassadors as a way to influence official foreign policy.
Political scientist: Prague has become a hub for Russian operations in broader Central Europe
But in practice, say experts, Zeman still conducts "private foreign policy. Two of his most important assistants are also intricately involved in such behind-the-scenes agreements: Vratislav Mynar, his chief of staff, and Martin Nejedly, one of his most important political advisors. The latter worked as a businessman in Russia for years and was, untilco-owner and manager of Lukoil Aviation Czech, which made headlines for its controversial business practices and filed bankruptcy in Russian President Vladimir Putin at right has praised Zeman's 'authority' Jakub Janda, a political scientist at the Prague think tank European Values, says that in the coming years Zeman will concentrate on sealing strategic business deals with Russian and Chinese state-owned entities.