Czech foreign minister honours Sakharov legacy

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg on Friday honoured the work and legacy of Russian scientist and human rights advocate Andrej Sakharov. Attending a conference in Moscow marking the 90th anniversary of Sakharov’s birth, the Czech foreign minister said the struggle for human rights, human dignity and freedom was an endless endeavor in which progress was always only partial and was inevitably followed by a regression. He said the pace of change in Russia was painfully slow, but that given the country’s history of authoritarian rule a faster pace could not be expected. Mr. Schwarzenberg was one of the key speakers at the conference which was shunned by Russian officials. More than 20 years after his death there is still no monument to the Nobel prize winning dissident in Moscow.