An Ordeal in Prague

A worker covers a statue of Soviet marshal Ivan Konev after it was removed from its pedestal in Prague, on April 3, 2020. (David W Cerny / Reuters)
The removal of a statue and what it entailed

Editor’s Note: Below is an expanded version of a piece published in the current issue of National Review.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O ndrej Kolar was under police protection from April to July. He was also under police protection last year, in the fall. This year, he was in hiding for two weeks. Police detected threats to his life from the Russian government. There were also threats from Czechs — Czechs in sympathy with Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin, of whom there are a great many.

Kolar is a mayor of Prague. “A mayor”? Yes, there are 58 of them, in a sense: 57 district mayors and one overall

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