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Dubček death ignored

The anniversary of the death of one of the most famous Slovaks has been practically ignored.

November 7 marked the death in 1992 of Alexander Dubček, leader of then Czechoslovakia during the 1968 Prague Spring. The day went unmarked by many Slovaks and a number of teachers now say their students are losing touch with one of the country's greatest figures.

"The students know who Dubček is but only through broadcasts on school radios and trips to state memorials for those who are old enough," said Naďa Michalková of a school in Bratislava.

Meanwhile MP Jaroslav Volf has called for an investigation into the death of the "Prague Spring" leader in a car accident in 1992.

Dubček, who became the world's most famous Slovak when he stood up to the Russian tanks in 1968 and led Czechoslovakia in what he called "socialism with a human face" died after his personal driver lost control of his car.

An investigation ruled the crash accidental but rumours surfaced at the time that foul play may have been involved.

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