The discrepancies in intelligence reports regarding the testing of the
nerve gas Novichok in the Czech Republic should be addressed at a meeting
of the National Security Council, the deputy chairs of ANO and the Social
Democrats, Petr Vokřál and Martin Netolický, agreed in a Czech TV debate
They said the intelligence services should explain why the president and prime minister had received different reports on the matter and the president should be invited to the meeting to explain why he had revealed classified information in an interview for a commercial TV station.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said earlier he would demand an explanation as to why the Military Intelligence Agency and the intelligence agency BIS had provided conflicting information on the matter.
Leading Czech politicians, war veterans and cultural figures gathered at
Ďáblice Cemetery in Prague on Sunday to pay homage to the soldiers who
had laid down their lives liberating the country from Nazi oppression.
There are some 160 soldiers of different nationalities buried at the
The commemorative ceremony was attended by government and Parliament representatives, Prague City Hall officials and members of the Union of Freedom Fighters.
State expenditures for wages of public sector employees rose by 15.2
billion crowns last year reaching 166.6 billion crowns, according to a
government report presented to Parliament.
The average wage of public employees reached 30.627 crown a month in 2017, while the average wage in the country is 29.504 crowns a month. The number of public sector employees grew by over nine thousand, the report says.
The South Korean film “I'll just live in bando” directed by
Yongsun Lee took the main prize at the Anifilm festival in Trebon on
Saturday night. The winner of the children’s category was The
Breadwinner, a Canadian-Irish coproduction.
The 2018 festival of animated films screened over 500 movies, of that 129 in competition and attracted 30,000 visitors. Czech filmmaker Libuše Čihařová received a life award for her work, which includes the popular children’s series Bob a Bobek and Maxipes Fík.
Petra Kvitová claimed her third title of the season at the J&T Banka
Prague Open on Saturday, as she rallied from a set down to defeat 7th seed
Mihaela Buzarnescu, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
The win is Kvitová's third title of the season following victories at the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy and the Qatar Total Open and the twenty-third title in her career.
Kvitová said after the game that it had been a tough fight but she was delighted to have won on home ground.
Political leaders, war veterans and members of the public gathered outside
Czech Radio’s Prague headquarter on Saturday to mark the 73rd anniversary
of the Prague Uprising against Nazi rule at the end of WWII.
The radio station was the focal point of the uprising and the site of one of the biggest clashes with Nazi forces as citizens came to defend the building against German attempts to retake it. Over 100 people died defending the radio building and hundreds of others fell at the barricades that went up around Prague. Altogether, an estimated 12,000 people were killed around the country.
The commemorative ceremony outside Czech Radio was attended by the Speaker of the Senate Milan Stech, Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová, members of the Union of Freedom Fighters and others. Mr. Stech said that although the uprising had come in the last days of the war it had prevented the Nazis from destroying the historic core of the Czech capital.
The Night Wolves, a Russian motorcycle club known for its staunch
nationalism and close ties to Vladimir Putin, is making several appearances
in the Czech Republic in connection with the end-of-war celebrations. They
attended a commemorative ceremony in Silesia on Friday and are expected to
return to the Czech Republic on Sunday.
The Russian bikers’ presence in the country is highly controversial. They claim they are paying homage to Red Army soldiers who died liberating Czechoslovakia, but critics see their rides as politically provocative and Russian propaganda.
Thousands of people joined Saturday’s march through Prague in support of
legalisation of marihuana in the Czech Republic. The ‘Million Marihuana
March’ is an annual event culminating with a happening on Stvanice Island
that includes the sale of technical marihuana products, concerts and
Marihuana is legal for the treatment of certain medical conditions but possession of more than a small amount is still an offence.
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