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Forward Surveillance

Forward Surveillance

Forward surveillance is a term denoting one of the two main tactic methods when carrying out physical surveillance of a selected person, the so-called “object”, another term used by the communist State Police to define their subject of interest….

“Vysočanský” Congress

“Vysočanský” Congress

In May 1968 the leadership of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia under Alexander Dubček decided to summon an extraordinary congress that should have been held on 9th September 1968. At the turn of June the elections of delegates…

The 1980 Summer Olympics

The 1980 Summer Olympics

The Games of the XXII Olympiad in 1980 took place in a disturbed geopolitical situation. They were intended as a presentation of the successes of the Soviet Union as the organising country and other states of the former Eastern…

Relocation of the Church

Relocation of the Church

Relocation of the Church in Most At the end of the 1950s the lignite mines in the Most region reached almost to the very borders of the town of Most. In 1964 the Czechoslovak government issued a decision to…

“The Ear” in the Flat

“The Ear” in the Flat

Eavesdropping of the Secret Police Installed in the Flat of Alfréd Radok Alfréd Radok (1914–1976), Czech theatre and film director, founder and the first artistic director of Laterna Magica theatre, is a well-known figure. His fate is similar to…

Tišler Affair (1968)

Tišler Affair (1968)

It’s been already almost 60 years since one of the greatest affairs of the Intelligence Department of the General Headquarters of the Czechoslovak People’s Army that influenced considerably the functioning of this intelligence service and caused its complete personal…

The False Dutchman

The False Dutchman

In spring 1993 an inconspicuous man came to the Czech Republic from Great Britain, unnoticed by the media. Hardly anybody was aware that this man was an officer of the I. Directorate of Security Corps – the foreign intelligence…

OPERATION NORBERT

OPERATION NORBERT

Shortly after the changes that began on 17 November 1989 it was not certain at all whether the regime would use its power against the rising protests. In such case, plans to carry out special security operations would be…

Burning in Kanice

Burning in Kanice

The department of the Security Services Archive in Kanice by Brno attracted the attention of public as well as media because of the infamous “wild discarding” of State Security documents. The building which the Archive uses now was the…

Comrade Maybug

Comrade Maybug

There was not much space to criticize the regime neither in Czechoslovakia nor in the whole Eastern Bloc during the times of the Communist Party rule. Questioning the government’s successes and ridiculing communist statesmen in public was perceived as…