Ctirad Mašín dies at 81
Anti-communist resistance fighter Ctirad Mašín has died at the age of 81. The older of the two Mašín brothers succumbed to a prolonged illness in the company of family members in Cleveland in the United States. The brothers are known for their armed resistance to the Communist regime during the early 1950s and their killing of several officers of the secret police, one of whom was unarmed, during their escape from the country. Mašín then served in the American army for five years before becoming a private businessman. The brothers remain subjects of controversy today, with some saying they should be decorated for their deeds, while others consider them murderers.