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Rest in Peace, President Havel

Vaclav Havel, writer and well-known dissident of the communist rule in Czechoslovakia, and from 1989 to 2003 an iconic statesman, first of Czechoslovakia (1989) and then of the Czech Republic (1993) died at 75. The Velvet revolution, which he led, is remembered as one of the few peaceful transitions in Eastern Europe which took a few weeks to complete and where not a single bullet was fired. For a captivating tribute to President Havel’s life see an article in the NY Times by Dan Bilefsky and Jane Perlez here.

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