Expulsion of Russian Diplomats Exposes Hybrid War in Czechia

Most Severe Violation of State Sovereignty since 1989

22 April 2021

Czechia has become the victim of Russian state terrorism. The initial response to expel 18 Russian diplomats is just the beginning of the biggest conflict between Moscow and Prague in the modern history of both countries, which escalated into an unprecedented expelling of up to 70 Russian diplomats from the Czech Republic. Unfortunately, the Vrbětice affair is only the tip of the iceberg of influence operations which is Russia, as a part of the hybrid war conducting against both – the Czech Republic and NATO.

The Czech Republic had become a target of state terrorism by Russia which goes far beyond the Salisbury incident. Indeed, this appalling crime holds two terrifying primacies.

Firstly, it is the biggest attack on the country in its history.

Secondly, it is the most violent breach of the sovereignty of the EU and NATO members since the end of the Cold War.

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Adéla Klečková

Adéla Klečková is a security analyst with a focus on hybrid warfare. Currently, she is researching new forms of civic activism in the virtual space as a non-resident fellow of the German Marshall Fund and pursuing her MA degree at the War Studies Department at the King's College London. She works as the Critical Thinking Program Director at the “Together for Czechia” think tank.

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