Ondrej Kolar is a district mayor in Prague – the mayor of Prague 6. His father, Petr, was a dissident in Communist times; Petr was later a diplomat, serving as ambassador to the United States, for example. As district mayor, Ondrej presided over the removal of a monument to Marshal Ivan Konev, a hero of the Red Army – but not so heroic to many Czechs, and to others who value freedom. Once the statue was removed, all hell broke loose, and Kolar had to go into hiding. There were apparent threats against his life from the Russian government, and from fellow Czechs who sympathize with that government. With Jay, Ondrej Kolar talks about these events and the fate of freedom and democracy in his country.

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  1. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron MillerJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Aside from the interruptions, a good and informative interview.

    I’m surprised I hadn’t read about the call by Russian officials to assassinate a European official.

    You should have let him answer the challenge of distinguishing Left from Right.

    “Don’t vote for populists” also begs the question. All political candidates claim to represent their voters. Most claim to love their country. So what about “populism” is so dangerous? Perhaps “Don’t vote for liars and statists” would address the idea more clearly.

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