Czech officials under police protection amid potential Russian threat

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Russian side, in its turn, considers all the claims as "another hoax"
13:18, 29 April 2020


Mayor of Prague 6 Ondrej Kolar believes that he displeased Russian authorities after his district removed a statue of Soviet World War Two commander Marshal Ivan Konev from a square, Reuters reports.

That resulted in a criminal investigation by Russian authorities who saw it as an insult.

According to Kolar, there is a real threat to his life.

I can really only tell you that I have been given police protection. It was provided to me on the basis of certain realities ... that there is Russian man here whose task is to liquidate me,” he stated.

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It is noted that police protection of Kolar and the city of Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib was tied to the arrival of a Russian man carrying a diplomatic passport in early April, seen by security services as a threat.

Kolar also added that Pavel Novotny, mayor of another Prague district (Reporyje), was also a target.

Nevertheless, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that those claims looked "like another hoax".

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