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Czech researchers probe secret Soviet era archives in Ukraine

21-03-2015 02:01 | Chris Johnstone

Gulag, photo: Public Domain Czech historians and researchers are trying to benefit as fast as possible from a new open access policy to the former Soviet archives in Ukraine. One lesson that has been learnt from nearby Russia is that doors that open one day can slam shut soon after.  More

First contingent of Czech Ukrainians arrive in “homeland”

04-03-2015 16:24 | Ruth Fraňková

The first group of ethnic Czechs from eastern Ukraine, repatriated under a special government programme, has finally arrived in the Czech Republic, photo: CTK The first group of ethnic Czechs from eastern Ukraine, repatriated under a special government programme, has finally arrived in the Czech Republic, after nearly a year of negotiations. Another group is scheduled to arrive in the Czech capital by a special government plane in mid-March.  More

Ukrainian expatriates to begin arriving in Czech Republic in March

20-02-2015 14:48 | Jan Velinger

Volhynia Czechs, photo: Czech Television The Czech Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the repatriation of ethnic Czechs from Ukraine will begin in March, some arriving by bus, others by special government plane. Expatriate families appealed to be allowed to return to the home of their ancestors after Russia annexed Crimea and intense fighting Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels broke out.  More

Czech authorities prepare for return of Ukrainian expatriates

11-02-2015 15:55 | Ruth Fraňková

Volhynian Czechs, photo: ČT After nearly a year of negotiations, the first ethnic Czechs from Ukraine are set to move to the Czech Republic. Some 200 Czech expatriates have so far expressed interest in being repatriated to the old country due to the present situation in Ukraine. A special Czech consulate, which was temporarily opened in Odessa, on Monday started to issue passports and visas to the first applicants.  More

Last British Wellington bomber, undergoing final stage of restoration work, could be used to honour Czechoslovak WW II airmen

24-01-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Jiří Hošek Public broadcaster Czech Radio has backed in initiative for a Vickers Wellington bomber undergoing restoration work in Great Britain to feature the markings of the Czechoslovak 311th squadron which flew with that type of RAF bomber in World War II. Czech Radio’s correspondent in London, Jiří Hošek, first learned of the reconstruction project last autumn, and came forward with the idea. What are the chances the plane could feature the colours of the 311th? And what is the aircraft’s place in Czechoslovak military history? Find out in today’s edition.  More

Warhol kept home and work worlds separate and wouldn’t speak Carpathian outside family, recalls nephew James Warhola

01-01-2015 02:01 | Miroslav Krupička

James Warhola: Uncle Andy paints Soup Can (with Company), photo: Miroslav Krupička The recently opened Pop Art Centre in Prague’s Old Town features works by the likes of Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Indiana. But the biggest draw at the gallery on Husová St. will no doubt be pieces by Andy Warhol. The pop art pioneer had close ties to this part of the world, given that his family were Ruthenes who came from what is today northeastern Slovakia. Among those at the launch of the Pop Art Centre was Warhol’s nephew James Warhola, himself a noted book illustrator. Indeed, paintings by James Warhola from the book Uncle Andy’s – drawing on the time he spent with Warhol as a child – are also on display at the downtown gallery. At the opening, Radio Prague’s editor-in-chief Miroslav Krupička spoke to James Warhola about “Uncle Andy” – and much more.  More

Czech Republic to repatriate ethnic Czechs from eastern Ukraine

01-12-2014 15:49 | Jan Richter

A destroyed Ukrainian army tank near the village of Lebedynske, Ukraine, photo: CTK The Czech Republic will repatriate between 30 and 50 ethnic Czechs from eastern Ukraine, the daily Lidové noviny reported on Monday quoting government sources. The paper says that the Interior Ministry has started verifying the identity of people from the conflict-ridden Donbas region who have applied for repatriation; if their Czech ancestry is confirmed, they could be repatriated over the next several months. The move comes after months of debates on how many, if any at all, ethnic Czechs from Ukraine could relocate to the Czech Republic. I discussed the latest plan with Lidové noviny reporter Kateřina Šafaříková.  More

The deep scars of the Cold War: Victoria Dougherty draws on own family’s dramatic history for The Bone Church

28-10-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Victoria Dougherty, photo: Ian Willoughby In the profile on her blog site, Victoria Dougherty writes that she comes from “the ultimate Cold War family”, a description it would be hard to disagree with. In this special programme, the author, who lived in Prague in the early 1990s, discusses their dramatic, sometime heart-wrenching stories – and how her grandparents’ experiences helped inform her novel The Bone Church.  More

Zeman intervention steps up pressure for return of Ukrainian Czechs

06-10-2014 16:04 | Jan Richter

Miloš Zeman, photo: CTK Repeated requests by hundreds of ethnic Czechs in Ukraine for repatriation have become a source of conflict on the Czech political scene. Though the Foreign Ministry refused to set up a repatriation programme for Ukrainian Czechs, they have found a powerful advocate: President Miloš Zeman, who is now pushing for action. But a mass repatriation of Czechs from Ukraine might put the government in an awkward position.  More

No mass repatriation planned, Zaorálek tells Czechs in Ukraine

17-09-2014 15:06 | Ian Willoughby

Volynhia, photo: Szender László, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported Prague is not planning a mass repatriation of ethnic Czechs from Ukraine, the Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek said on a visit to the community on Wednesday. The minister said they were not in apparent danger and that it was already easy for them to move to the Czech Republic.  More

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