The "Night Wolves", a Russian motorcycle club known for its
staunch nationalism and close ties to Vladimir Putin, who have been making
appearances in a number of Czech and Moravian towns and cities in
connection with the end-of-war celebrations arrived in Prague on Monday.
At Prague’s Olšany Cemetary they were greeted by groups of supporters and opponents who eventually got into a skirmish. Two men were briefly detained by the police.
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.
Czech industrial production dropped by 1.1 percent year-on-year in March,
after a ten month climb, according to data published by the Czech
Statistics Office on Monday. Economists had expected a 0.6 percent drop for
Construction output dropped 0.3 percent yearly in March, in contrast to a 9.4 percent surge in February. The decrease is ascribed to a drop in car production and the fact that March had two fewer work days than last year.
The Czech Republic never produced, developed or stored a nerve agent of the
Novichok family, though its chemical experts briefly tested a substance
labelled Novichok A230, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš announced after
meeting with the heads of the country’s intelligence services on Monday.
The prime minister said the meeting had cleared up the seeming discrepancy in intelligence reports issued by the BIS agency and the country’s military intelligence.
President Zeman caused a stir last week when he cited from the military intelligence report, telling a commercial TV station that the country had produced and tested a minute amount of the nerve agent Novichok.
The prime minister said the misunderstanding had been triggered by a different understanding of the terminology used.
Meanwhile, President Zeman has come under fire for citing from a classified intelligence report in a television interview.
Education Minister Robert Plaga is to present the government with a
proposal for the establishment of a National Agency for Sport, the ctk news
The country’s over 7,500 sports associations have been clamoring for an agency that would register their needs and improve their financing.
Most of these clubs lack the necessary finances to recruit and coach children. Sports stadiums and local gyms, the average age of which is close to half a century, are also in dire need of maintenance.
The leaders of ANO and the Social Democrats are to meet on Monday to
fine-tune the emerging agreement on a coalition government. Communist Party
leader Vojtěch Filip, whose party has pledged to support the minority
cabinet under certain conditions, will also be present at the talks.
ANO and the Social Democrats are to discuss the final wording of the coalition agreement and certain guarantees which the Social Democrats want included in the text. The most controversial of these is an agreement in writing that Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who is charged with EU subsidy fraud, would step down if he were found guilty, even if the verdict was not legally binding.
A Prague court has acquitted three people charged in connection with the
privatization of the coal mining company OKD which was sold under what is
perceived as highly disadvantageous conditions to the group Karbon Invest
Valuation expert Rudolf Doucha, who produced a price assessment of the assets and Pavel Kuta nd Jan Škurek from the National Property Fund who were in charge of the firm’s privatization were acquitted on the grounds that their actions did not constitute a criminal offense.
According to the state attorney Doucha’s price assessment of the company’s assets was grossly distorted since it failed to include the assets of daughter companies and other properties, such as the 40,000 company flats owned by OKD.
The winner of the 2018 Prague International Marathon is American runner Galen Rup. He improved his personal record in Prague by 3 minutes covering the 42 km distance in 2:06:07, which is the second best result in the marathon’s 24 year history. The bronze medallist from Rio is the first American to win the Prague Marathon.