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Commies Are Back

Karl Marx in 1875
Karl Marx in 1875

Some members of Czech Communist Party (KSČM) – namely Svatomír Recman, Karel Konečný, Eva Valjentová, Zdeněk Dobrý and Jaroslav Borka - due to coalition with the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) have got position of regional counselors in their regions. Communists have occupied no executive post in the Czech Republic since 1989.

But unfortunately none of the above-mentioned leftist politicians has an intention to acknowledge the crimes and sins their party committed during its long rule. Aktuálně.cz sent all of them a questionnaire containing some questions dealing with the past and present of some Communist regimes functioning. Almost no answers were received back.

The questions were like these: “Was Joseph V. Stalin a dictator and mass murderer? Do the current communist regimes in China, Cuba and North Korea murder, maltreat and oppress innocent people? Did the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia represent military aggression?”

Three of the five politicians refused to give any answers or explanations. The only person who responded the questionnaire in some way was Jaroslav Borka, deputy governor for Karlovy Vary. He declared that he was completely busy but might give some answers al later time.

The last question of that brief survey was "Are you proud of being a Communist?" So maybe today’s Communists unlike their more ideologically focused predecessors are not so proud of being of successors of Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin.

Photo: Karl Marx, 1875 (

Date: 02/12/2008

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