Czech press survey - August 4


04.08.2014 07:31

Prague - Weeks have passed since the shooting down of the Malaysian aircraft over Ukraine, but no real punishment for Russian President Vladimir Putin is still in the offing, Teodor Marjanovic writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.


Ruský prezident Vladimir Putin u mamutího děla Car-puška. ČTK/AP Mikhail Klimentyev

Putin resembles Dostoyevsky's Rodion Raskolnikov who, too, committed a crime for the sake of an alleged higher good, Marjanovic writes.

For Putin, the collapse of the Soviet Union was the biggest disaster of the 20th century, due to which 20 million Russians have stayed outside their homeland, he adds.

As far as for punishment for Putin is concerned, nothing but sanctions have occurred, Marjanovic writes.

However, they are nothing but a bad joke, he adds.

The real punishment should be the military presence of Western countries in all the places where Russians live outside Russia, Marjanovic writes.

Or does anyone have a better idea with which to force Putin to abandon his aggressive dream about a higher good that is endangering the world? he asks.

One can seriously doubt whether the current Russian policy in Ukraine is in its final station, Jiri Pehe writes in Pravo.

Those watching the speeches by Putin and his assistants know that the present-day Kremlin certainly does not think that Russia should only claim a part of Ukraine, Pehe writes.

He does not consider the West a partner, but a rival, he adds.

"Putinism" is increasingly reminiscent of the dangerous "isms" of the 20th century, Pehe writes.

The 1938 Munich agreement did not avert Adolf Hitler's annexation of the rest of the former Czechoslovakia. If anything, it was a signal for him to occupy Poland and for the war with the countries that were so weak in his mind that they made the concessions, he adds.

Now we are being told that the same policy should work towards Putin, Pehe writes.

Catholic priest Tomas Halik may be one of the biggest "bearers of Vaclav Havel's legacy," but given the atmosphere in the population, his chances of becoming a president are meagre, to say the least, Petr Kambersky writes in Lidove noviny (LN).

When looking at the data showing how Czechs rate individual professions, the profession of priest is even worse than that of journalist, Kambersky writes.

They only precede the cleaner and parliament deputy, he adds.

The hell will freeze before a Roman Catholic priest will become a president in the Czech Republic, Kambersky writes.

From this viewpoint, Halik's candidature would be a godsend for the left as it would only fragment the rightist votes, opening the door to Prague Castle, seat of the Czech heads of state, to the people like Milos Zeman or Zdenek Skromach (Social Democrats, CSSD), he adds.

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