Russian critic Zubov to lecture at Czech university


09.05.2014 15:24

Brno - Masaryk University in Brno has agreed on cooperation in the form of seminars and lectures with Russian historian Andrei Zubov, a critic of Russia's annexation of Crimea, university rector Mikulas Bek told CTK during Zubov's visit to the university today.


Ruský historik Andrej Zubov, který dostal výpověď z moskevské diplomatické akademie za kritiku obsazení Krymu, přednášel 9. května na Masarykově univerzitě v Brně. ČTK Šálek Václav

The first lectures may take place in the next school year, Bek said.

Zubov delivered a lecture on Czechoslovak first President T. G. Masaryk (1918-1935), the situation in Ukraine and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I want to stay on in Moscow, but I have not refused the cooperation with Masaryk University," Zubov told journalists.

Bek said Zubov could travel to Brno for occasional seminars and lectures.

"We have not specified the date. This will be discussed. Everything will depend on Zubov's further work in Moscow. But we are convinced that he will appear here for a long time soon," he added.

During his lecture, Zubov highlighted Masaryk as he supported Russian emigres in interwar Czechoslovakia.

"He was a great personality not only on the national level, but also within the whole of Europe," Zubov.

Turning to the situation in Ukraine, Zubov said he was an optimist and believed that the fighting would be confined to Ukraine.

"However, it is hard to say what would happen if Russia attacked one of the NATO members. The aggressor must be stopped because if this does not happen, he wants more and more," Zubov said about Putin.

Zubov said Putin was not a good president for Russia.

"A good president should help Russia to become a liberal state. Vladimir Putin is doing the reverse," Zubov said, adding that Russia was increasingly closing itself before the rest of the world.

In March, Zubov was fired over his stand from the Russian MGIMO diplomatic academy. Following protests, the dismissal was cancelled in April, but his position at the school is still uncertain.

Professor Zubov drew the media attention by his article in the Vedomosti newspaper in which he compared the recent Russian occupation of Ukraine's Crimea with the policy the Nazi Germany pursued before World War Two.

The MGIMO explained Zubov's firing by his repeated breach of academic rules, by the indignation his views provoked among academics and by their harmful impact on the educational process.

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