Candy Man Part Two – It Was All a Dream

Sick assassination fantasies spread by an official at the Russian Embassy in Prague lead to the expulsion of two Czech-based diplomats.

Sick assassination fantasies spread by an official at the Russian Embassy in Prague lead to the expulsion of two Czech-based diplomats.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis made the decision to expel the Russian diplomats on 5 June, declaring it to be “appropriate and adequate”. “We have an interest in having good relations with all countries, but
we’re a sovereign state and such actions on our territory are
unacceptable,” the prime minister said.

When news of the plot by the Russians against the Czech politicians surfaced in April, Russian officials refuted the reporting as a “sick fantasy”. It turns out that the sick fantasy was thought up and spread from within the Russian Embassy itself.

With evidence that the assassination hoax was a product of Russian infighting inside the embassy, Prime Minister Babis stated that “Besides burdening our security forces, [the employee] caused further complications in Czech-Russian relations and harmed the good reputation of the Russian Federation in the Czech Republic”.

While the motives of the Embassy employee behind the hoax are unclear, their actions exposed and further damaged an already tenuous relationship between Russia and the Czech Republic. 

“By taking that unfriendly step, the Czech side has acted indecently and
unworthily,” the Russian ministry said. “The Czech authorities have
inflicted serious damage to the Russian-Czech relations without any
reason whatsoever. It will be necessary to respond to such
provocations.”

 

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