Fifteen years after the death of the most famous representative of the Prague Spring, Alexander Dubček, most Slovaks see his ambiguous acts in a positive light, the Sme daily wrote.
Dubček, the first secretary of the communist party's central committee, pushed for the liberalisation of the communist regime. As a result, he was quickly pushed out of the way after the invasion of the Warsaw Pact troops in August 1968.
A recent survey by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) independent think-tank showed that the legendary reform-minded communist is the most popular personality of Slovak history, together with Milan Rastislav Štefánik. Many Slovaks are proud of him despite his failures, and they see him as a victim of history whose work was stopped by the tanks of the Warsaw Pact armed forces.
The circumstances of Dubček's death in a car accident 15 years ago have led to several conspiracy theories, despite the results of two independent investigations by police.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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7. Nov 2007 at 14:00