News digest: How Soviet troops left Czechoslovakia

High inflation has forced the national bank to markedly change its prognosis. A hiking recommendation for the weekend.

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Good evening. The Tuesday, June 21 edition of Today in Slovakia is ready with the main news of the day in less than five minutes.

Last Soviet occupier left Czechoslovakia 31 years ago

The story of Czechoslovakia's occupation began in summer 1968, bringing political reforms in the communist country to an end. People did not expect the invasion.

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It took 23 years to end the occupation.

June 21 became a red-letter day not too long ago to mark the exit of the last Soviet occupiers from Czechoslovakia.

1968 Invasion: Here's a timeline of the 1967-1969 events, including a reform process known as the Prague Spring, the invasion, and normalisation.

Quote: "The 23-year-long 'temporary' stay held us hostage behind the Iron Curtain — and it taught us that turning a blind eye to aggression dooms entire generations," said President Zuzana Čaputová on June 21, 2022.

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Hiking trip to Rokoš

Rokoš, a mountain located in the southern part of the Strážovské Vrchy Mountains, is 1,010 metres high.

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"Rokoš is like a stranger, a hidden gem, waiting to be discovered," write Gabriela and Valéria, who set out on a hike on a boiling hot day.

Set out on the hike, too!

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  • The National Security Authority (NBÚ) is warning against the increased risk of cyber attacks in Slovakia.
  • More than half of primary school teachers have Ukrainian children in their classroom, shows a Focus survey conducted for the Comenius Institute on a sample of more than 6,000 teachers.
  • The Health Ministry is calling on people to be cautious in regards to Covid-19. In high-risk situations, the ministry recommends wearing a respirator.
  • The President of the Slovak Republic, Zuzana Čaputová, spoke with ambassadors of EU countries on domestic and international issues, as well as about the effects of the war in Ukraine on security in Europe, on June 21.
  • Slovakia has suspended a plan, according to which it was to send 30 T-72 tanks to Ukraine, while it was to receive 15 Leopard-2A4 tanks from Germany in return. The Slovak Defence Ministry considers the proposed number of tanks from Germany to be insufficient.
  • The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a complaint by Lemikon Limited, a Cypriot company, in a 22-year dispute with Tipos, a Slovak lottery company. Lemikom questioned the legality of a decision by Slovak courts in the case of damages for the alleged illegal use of Športka's know-how and the Športka, Šanca and Mates trademarks. Tipos was threatened with having to pay more than €33 million to Lemikon.

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