Jiří Pernes has been dismissed as the director of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes after less than a month and a half in the post. The board of the state body voted to remove him on Wednesday after allegations that he had committed plagiarism. For his part, Mr Pernes, who is a historian, has denied knowingly copying the work of others. There had been some opposition to his original selection, as he had not admitted to attending a communist evening course when applying for the job. Zdeněk Hazdra has been appointed as caretaker director. The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes has been in operation since the start of 2008. Among its activities is administering security archives from the communist era.
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