One of the most tragic and bitter episodes in modern European history was marked on August 20 as both the Czech Republic and Slovakia, who were the united entity of Czechoslovakia until 1993, marked the 50th anniversary of the crushing of the iconic Prague Spring after thousands of Soviet troops and units from other Warsaw Pact nations poured into the country to halt the liberalising reforms of Slovak-born Communist leader Alexander Dubček, who billed his opening of society “socialism with a hum...

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