Czech press survey - March 5


05.03.2014 07:44

Prague - The privatisation of the Czech state may not end without a court verdict being issued, Martin Zverina writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today about the case of dubious businessman Ivo Rittig with closed links to top politicians.


Lobbista Ivo Rittig (na archivním snímku). ČTK Doležal Michal

Rittig was allegedly charged with the leak of data from the BIS counter-intelligence in connection with the illegal surveillance case of Jana Nagyova (now Necasova) who was then PM Petr Necas's closest aide and mistress.

Zverina writes that Rittig´s accusation would mean significant progress in the case thought his act might be qualified as a misdemeanour for which he would face a fine or a very low sentence.

Zverina says anyone who is found guilty of leaking similar classified material should be exemplary punished. If it were proved, it would partially justify the strong police action.

"A worse example of the privatisation of the state can hardly be invented," Zverina writes.

The police effort may not result in a number of convicted top politicians since some of them cannot be investigated at all. However, citizens can rightfully expect the punishment of those who, not protected by immunity, committed the monkey business or covered it up, Zverina adds.

As a network of politicians and businessmen linked to money from public budgets cannot be operated without the respective civil servants´ aid. If at least they feared punishment, it would be certain prevention or a barrier against corruption, Zverina writes.

"In an ideal society a businessman like Ivo Rittig would suffer from an absolute isolation. But we are not living in such society," Zverina concludes in LN.

Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be "lost in his own labyrinth," Daniel Anyz writes in the daily Hospodarske noviny (HN), commenting of Putin´s intervention in Ukraine.

Putin makes an impression of a nervous man who acts under a strong pressure uttering propagandistic statements that no one can take seriously, Anyz says.

He reminds of Putin´s words blaming the United States for the crisis in Ukraine. Putin must be driven over the edge when he is making such mistakes, he writes.

Moreover, Putin might really trust his words, Anyz adds.

This is dangerous and it probably cannot be changed. However, Russia and Russians are not only Putin though he enjoys a strong public support, Anyz points out.

To suppose that this situation must last for ever means to underestimate the human will to live in a really free society, Anyz writes in HN.

The Russian aggression should unite Czech politics, Karel Steigerwald writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.

He draws a parallel between the current Russian intervention in Crimea and the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.

It has the same effect on the domestic politics like then though this occupation is more distant, Steigerwald writes, adding that after the first wave of the integrity of emotions, a gradual disintegration and relativising of the events follows and evasions are being formulated.

"If not even such a clear case as the intervention of a foreign country´s army in Europe is able to unite our politics to pursue the joint interest to protect our own country, the condition of both the state and us is not good," Steigerwald writes.

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