Foldyna fails to offer apology at meeting of party leadership

Social Democrat deputy leader Jaroslav Foldyna declined on Friday to apologise to the party’s top branch for his behaviour at a gathering of Russia’s Night Wolves bike gang in Prague on Monday.

At the event Mr Foldyna got into altercations with protesters against the nationalist bikers, who have been linked to President Vladimir Putin. Afterwards, Mr Foldyna released a video – recorded by weights in a gym – refusing to apologise and describing himself as a patriot.

Earlier on Friday, Senate chairman Milan Štech said Foldyna had no business being in the party leadership. While he declined to apologise, the deputy leader said he was sorry he had put pressure on party chairman Jan Hamáček.