Yevgenij Nikulin, an alleged Russian hacker whom the Czech Republic
extradited to the United States to face charges, is demanding 1.5 million
crowns in compensation from the Czech Ministry of Justice.
Mr Nikulin claims that he was wrongly refused asylum in the Czech Republic and the justice minister’s decision to extradite him was legally shaky.
Mr Nikulin has repeatedly challenged the decision at the Czech Constitutional Court, but his complaint was turned down.
Nikulin was arrested in Prague in 2016 with both Russian and US authorities calling for him to be handed over.
In March 2018 he was extradited to the US where he is suspected of hacking computers at Silicon Valley firms including LinkedIn and Dropbox. The decision sparked protests from Russia and was criticized by President Miloš Zeman.
Over 70 percent of Czechs are happy with their quality of life after the
Velvet Revolution, suggests a survey carried out by the polling agency
STEM. That figure is nine percent higher than in 2009.
According to the survey, people appreciate the possibilities that opened up after the fall of the Communist regime, such as quality education and better services and shopping choices, as well as the right to vote in free elections and express their own opinion freely.
On the other hand, more than three fifths of respondents criticised the moral state of Czech society, financial disparities, and bad interpersonal relationships. Most people addressed in the survey also welcome the foundation of an independent Czech state and the Czech Republic’s entry to the EU and NATO.
Some 25 kilometres of new highways are set to open in the Czech Republic by
the end of the year, the Ministry of Transport said on Friday. Altogether,
the Czech Republic is set to increase its network of highways by 34
kilometres in 2019.
A 14-kilometre stretch of the D1 highway, connecting Prague and Brno, is set to open in December between Přerov and Lipník nad Bečvou. The D3 motorway in South Bohemia will also be extended.
The Prague Municipal Court on Friday delivered a 6.5-year prison sentence
to a Slovak national charged with planning a terrorist attack and
propagating Islamic State.
The judge concluded that the man was a threat to public safety and ordered that he be expelled from the Czech Republic indefinitely.
Dominik Kobulnický was arrested two years ago after the police raided his Prague flat and discovered chemicals and other materials needed for the production of home-made explosives.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Minister of Industry and Trade Karel
Havlíček will be visiting Ukraine at the beginning of next week, the
Czech News Agency informed on Friday. They will be accompanied by a
delegation of businesspeople.
Mr Babiš will hold talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksiy Honcharuk and with president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.
The main goal of the two-day official visit is to support Ukraine’s independence and sovereignty and to back the process of the country’s approximation to the European Union.
The Czech national football squad secured a spot in the 2020 European
Championship by coming from behind to beat Kosovo 2-1 on Thursday in
Kosovo was leading 1:0 in the 50th minute, but the Czech team fought back, with Alex Král levelling the score and providing the assist for Ondřej Čelůstka’s winning goal eight minutes later. The Czechs, who will take on Bulgaria on Sunday, have 15 points and will finish second in their group behind England.
The Russian ambassador to Prague was summoned to the Czech Foreign Ministry
on Thursday to explain Moscow’s decision to put the Czech NGO People in
Need on a list of undesirable organizations, effectively banning its
operations in the country.
The ambassador was received by Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Povejšil who stressed that People in Need is an internationally recognized humanitarian organization active in the fields of humanitarian aid, development and education and voiced serious concern with regard to the decision.
Czech-Russian relations have been strained by a number of incidents in recent months, including the renting out of flats intended for Russian diplomats and the decision of Prague 6 to remove from its premises a statue of the controversial Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev.
British philosopher and political scientist Roger Scruton is to receive a
Silver Medal from the Speaker of the Czech Senate Jaroslav Kubera in
recognition of his work in helping Czech dissidents during the communist
Together with other academics from the West Scruton lectured at underground home seminars for dissidents and intellectuals who were banned from studying at universities by the communist regime.
Earlier this week the British Embassy unveiled a plaque at a house in Prague’s Keramická street where the first seminar of the “Underground University” took place.
Representatives of the centre-right TOP 09 parliamentary party have handed
over a petition to officials at the Russian Embassy in Prague urging Moscow
to respect human rights and release all political prisoners. The petition
is signed by around 2,000 people.
The party’s deputy chair Markéta Pekarová Adamová said the aim of the endeavour was to let people who are being persecuted in Russia know that the international community has not forgotten them.
The move comes in the wake of news that Moscow has placed the Czech NGO People in Need on a list of undesirable organisations, effectively banning any further activity in the country.