Russian Spring Offensive

An Unlikely Skripal 2.0 Case in Prague

6 May 2020

Pavel Havlíček

Marcin Król Fellow

The Czech government is unlikely to further escalate the diplomatic crisis with Russia. Rather, it will look for ways out of this crisis.

While most of the world has been following the development of COVID-19 pandemic, Czechia has been hit by another big news involving pressure on democratically elected politicians, spies and Russia.

To the surprise of most Czechs, on 26 April 2020, a recognised liberal weekly Respekt brought a story describing an earlier arrival of the Russian spy to Czechia who was based on their information likely leaked from the security services carrying a diplomatic passport and, in his suitcase, also a deadly poison named Ricin.

The Russian national was found to be a serious threat to three Prague politicians, the Mayor of City of Prague Zdeněk Hřib and the heads of two Prague districts Ondřej Kolář (sixth district) and Pavel Novotný (thirteenth district) who were placed under the police protection.

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Pavel Havlíček

Marcin Król Fellow

Marcin Król Fellow at Visegrad Insight. Research Fellow of Association for International Affairs (AMO) Research Centre. His research focus is on Eastern Europe, especially Ukraine and Russia, and the Eastern Partnership.

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