Prague Municipal Court on Tuesday ruled that the requests made by Russia and the U.S. for extradition of alleged Russian hacker Yevgeny Nikulin are both valid. Mr. Nikulin, who was arrested in Prague in October last year, is wanted by the FBI in connection with a hack of LinkedIn in which the passwords of more than 100 million users of the professional networking service were compromised. Russia has also applied to have Nikulin extradited to Moscow in connection with a 2009 internet theft of 3,450 US dollars. The final extradition decision will be made by the Czech Minister of Justice.
Czech footballer Petr Čech, who plays for London club Arsenal, has won the Golden Ball award as the Czech Republic's player of the season. The 35-year-old player has clinched the trophy for the eleventh time. The Golden Ball is awarded each year to the best Czech footballer as decided by a committee of the country’s sports journalists. Defender Pavel Kadeřábek, who plays for the German league club Hoffenheim, came second in this year’s competition, followed by Sampodria striker Patrik Schick.
Trust in the country’s president, Miloš Zeman, has taken a sharp dive following the recent government crisis, suggests a new poll conducted by the CVVM agency. Some 41 percent of people who took part in the poll said they trusted the president, while in the previous two months that figure stood around 55 percent. Trust in the government has also dropped significantly, from 40 percent in April to 23 percent in May. According to CVVM, public trust in politics is currently at its lowest since the end of 2013.
Tropical temperatures exceeding 30 degrees Celsius were recorded all around the Czech Republic on Monday. The highest temperature, 33.7 degrees Celsius, was recorded at Průhonice near Prague. Meteorologists have warned that the heatwave will be followed by heavy storms, which are expected to hit the country on Tuesday afternoon and could be accompanied by hail and torrential rain.
Several convoys of US soldiers are due to cross the Czech Republic in June and July, the spokesman for the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces, Jan Šulc, told the Czech News Agency on Tuesday. Altogether 1,600 soldiers and 460 military vehicles will be crossing the country on their way from Germany to Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria to take part in a NATO military exercise.
Czech household debt has for the first time in history exceeded two trillion crowns. The debt burden in the first quarter of 2017 increased by 162 billion crowns compared to the same period last year, according to data released by the Banking and Non-banking credit register on Tuesday. Housing loans increased by almost 10 percent year-on-year to 1.6 trillion crowns, which is nearly 80 percent of the overall household debt.
The Czech film Little Crusader directed by Václav Kadrnka will compete for the Crystal Globe for Best Film in the official competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in July, the festival organizers announced on Tuesday. The historical road movie, based on a poem by Jaroslav Vrchlický, will receive its premiere at the 53rd edition of the festival. The White World According to Daliborek by Vít Klusák will compete in Karlovy Vary’s documentary competition.
Canadian novelist, poetry writer and essayist, Margaret Atwood, has been chosen as this year’s winner of the Franz Kafka prize. She should be officially presented with the award at a ceremony in Prague in October. The prize to mark the life and works of Kafka has been awarded since 2001. Previous winners include Ivan Klima, Haruki Marukami, and Philip Roth. One of the criteria for the award is the work’s humanistic character.
Czech minister of defence Martin Stropnický discussed stepped up cooperation with his Ukrainian counterpart, Stepan Poltorak, during a two day visit to Kiev. Increased help with military training and equipment supply were discussed, according to Ukrainian reports of the meeting. Stropnický also said that the Czech system for approving arms exports had been changed so that exports to Ukraine would be treated like any other country, the Czech ministry said. The Czech minister also offered Czech help with treating soldiers injured during fighting against Russian-backed separatist forces in the east of the country.
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