A Russian diplomat in the Czech Republic began to be threatened amid bullying in the media
The Russian Embassy in Prague announced threats against the Russian diplomat due to bullying in the Czech media. A diplomatic official appealed to the Czech side for police protection.
Threats began to come after unproven accusations of preparing an assassination attempt on a Prague municipal politician by a Russian diplomat.
“The embassy appealed to the Czech Foreign Ministry with a request to take all appropriate measures to prevent any encroachment on the personality, freedom and dignity of its employee,” the embassy said in a statement .
The document notes that the allegations against the Russian side have been received repeatedly, but have been refuted.
- In connection with the ongoing anti-Russian information campaign in the Czech Republic, we declare that false and unsubstantiated accusations (with reference to local special services) to an employee of the Embassy of Russia in preparing an assassination attempt on Prague municipal politicians by the Russian side were repeatedly and unequivocally refuted both in Moscow and in Prague, - the document emphasizes.
The diplomatic mission indicates that "because of the personal harassment of the Russian diplomat by the Czech media, threats began to come to him."
Recall that the Czech secret services suspected the head of the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Prague (Rossotrudnichestvo) Andrei Konchakov in organizing an attempt on the mayor of Prague. However, no charges were brought against him.
The head of Rossotrudnichestvo, Eleonora Mitrofanova, said that the unjustified escalation of the situation in the Czech Republic does not contribute to a constructive dialogue in Russian-Czech relations, and the government of the republic puts forward “baseless accusations” against a Rossotrudnichestvo employee.
Earlier it was said that a Russian arrived in Prague on a diplomatic passport. Ricin poison was discovered in his luggage. Czech law enforcement officials said that the Russian could prepare an assassination attempt on the mayor of the city of Zdenek Grzyb, as well as the head of the district administration, Ondrzej Kolarz.
Note that earlier Grzyb was going to rename Pod kaštany Square (“Under the Chestnuts”) in front of the Russian Embassy in Boris Nemtsov Square. Party leaders in the ruling coalition in Prague agreed with this decision. This Czech media called the motive of the Russian diplomat to commit an attempt on the mayor. In addition, the decision of the head of the administration could demolish the monument to Marshal Ivan Konev, who liberated Czechoslovakia, could also serve as a motive. This caused discontent in the Kremlin. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu called on Kolarge to prosecute for damage to military monuments. Kolarge claimed that he was being monitored and asked the police for protection, Respekt reported.
Russian President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the message “a duck” and stated that the Kremlin “is not aware of this investigation”.