The Russian ambassador to the Czech Republic came to the foreign ministry
on Wednesday to explain allegations that Czechs could have been the source
of the nerve agent believed to have poisoned a former double agent in
Britain and his daughter.
The suggestion on Saturday from the Russian foreign ministry that the Czech Republic along with Slovakia, Sweden, and Britain could have been the source of the so-called Novichok agent sparked an immediate denial from Czech foreign minister, Martin Stropnický. After the meeting, Stropnický said no proof for the comments had been offered and against branded the accusations as absurd.
Britain has suggested Russia was the source of the agent used in the southern English city of Salisbury where Sergei Skripal was poisoned along with daughter Yulia.
Zbyšek Nečas, who flew with the No. 68 Night Fighter Squadron in the RAF
during WWII, has died at the age of 97.
The airman, who served as a radar operator on Bristol Beaufighters and Mosquitos, passed away at his home last week, his family revealed.
Zbyšek Nečas was just 18 and still a high school student, escaped from the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia a month before WWII broke out and made his way to England, where he settled.
Czech archaeologists believe they have uncovered a unique regional
discovery in the form of a late bronze age woman buried hugging a small
There were hardly any other artefacts found with the bodies. While children buried with adults are not rare, this form of burial is described as exceptional and never seen before in the Moravia region.
The burial site was discovered in excavations ahead of the construction of an industrial zone near Vyškov. Further research is now being carried out.
The Czech-based investment group PPF has announced a deal with the
Norwegian telecoms group Telenor to buy up their activities in four Central
PPF, owned by the Czech Republic’s richest man, Petr Kellner, will pay around 2.8 billion euros, around 71 billion crowns, for the mobile phone assets in Hungary, Bulgaria, Montenegro, and Serbia.
The deals still need regulatory clearance and are expected to be finalised by June 2018. PPF’s main telecoms assets is the 02 operator in the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic’s biggest car maker Škoda Auto boosted its net profit
in 2017 by 34 percent to 1.274 billion euros, around 32.4 billion crowns.
Sales rose by 21 percent to 16.6 billion crowns, around 421 billion crowns. Škoda delivered 1.2 million cars to customers, 6.6 percent more than in 2016.
In tennis, Petra Kvitová has said she will take part in this year biggest
tennis tournament in Prague, the J&T Banka Prague Open.
Kvitová will be appearing alongside Karolína Plišková, Lucie Šafářová, and Barbora Strýcová in the event taking place between April 30 and May 5.
Kvitová last played in a Czech tournament seven years ago. Kvitová is currently placed ninth in the WTA rankings.
The population of the Czech Republic grew in 2017 by around 31,000 and
topped the 10.6 million mark for the first time since the end of the Second
The population rose as births exceeded deaths and as a result of 28000 immigrants coming to the country, the highest figure since 2010. Births totalled 114,405 and deaths 111,443.
ANO and the Social Democrats should hold talks with the Communist Party over the formation of a new Czech government next week, ANO’s leader Andrej Babiš said on Tuesday evening after a meeting with President Miloš Zeman. Acting PM Babiš is seeking to create a coalition with the Social Democrats with the support of the Communists in lower house votes. This week ANO and the Social Democrats are holding negotiations on the shape such a minority government would take. The election winners have offered the sixth-placed party four cabinet seats, a move Mr. Babiš described on Wednesday morning as generous.
J.A.R. were the big winners at the annual Anděl music awards on Tuesday
night. The group, who formed in 1989, took the prizes for best group, best
album for Eskalace dobra and best song for Zhublas at a ceremony at
Prague’s Forum Karlín.
Mirai were named best new act while music video of the year went to Po válce by Barbora Poláková. Veteran singer-songwriter Vladimír Merta was inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Anděl awards are decided by the members of the Czech Academy of Music and are a local equivalent of the Grammys.