published: 22.10.2013, 17:21 | updated: 22.10.2013 18:27:06
Prague - Former Soviet dissident Natalya Gorbanevskaya received a commemorative medal from Charles University in Prague for her participation in the protest of eight dissidents against the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia at the Red Square in Moscow in 1968 today.
Gorbanevskaya said there were fewer than 100 protesters against the violent suppression of the Czechoslovak Prague Spring reform movement in the whole of the Soviet Union.
Gorbanevskaya was awarded for her life-long contribution to the fight for democracy, freedom and human rights.
She arrived in Prague on Sunday and will stay here until Tuesday next week.
She is about to lay a wreath at the tomb of a Czech dissident, former president Vaclav Havel.
On Thursday, she will be received by Foreign Minister Jan Kohout, the ministry told CTK today.
She may be also received by President Milos Zeman, but the Presidential Office has not officially said so.
Some activists have demanded that Gorbanevskaya should be given the Czech state decoration.
On October 28, the national holiday, state decorations are awarded.
The 1968 protest in Moscow was terminated after a few minutes by a police intervention.
Unlike the other protesters, Gorbanevskaya, now 77, was not put on trial as she had a small baby. However, at the end of 1969, the Communist authorities had her interned in a mental hospital from which she was only released after more than two years.
In 1975, she emigrated to France where she has been living until now, but she often visits Russia.
Gorbanevskaya wants to supervise the dissertation of Maria Alekhina, an imprisoned member of the Pussy Riot punk group.
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