Daily news summary

Czech president rejects anti-Russian sanctions on Russian television

Anti-Russian sanctions are useless and the EU has no strong leader, such as those in Russia, China or the U.S., Czech President Miloš Zeman said in an interview for the Russian television station NTV on Sunday.

The Czech head of state said the sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU were damaging both sides politically and economically, adding that Italy or the countries of the Visegrad group could take part in ending the sanctions.

Mr. Zeman also said he did not believe in the possibility of a military conflict between NATO and Russia.

Nephew of Armenian ex-president detained in Prague

Narek Sargsyan, the nephew of former Armenian president and prime minister Serzh Sargsyan, was detained by Czech police in Prague on Friday, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday.

Armenia’s Police Chief Valery Osipyan he would be extradited to Armenia later, adding that the prosecution was currently dealing with the paperwork. Narek Sargsyan was internationally wanted since July 2018 for illegal possession and acquisition of firearms and explosives and drug trafficking.

Czech book about Cold War spy picked up by Hollywood

American film production company Fox Searchlight has bought the rights to a book by Czech journalist Jaroslav Kmenta called “Český špion or Czech Spy”, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday. The book tells the true story of Erwin van Haarlem, a Czechoslovak Cold War secret agent whose stolen identity broke the heart of an innocent woman who thought she’d found her long-lost son.

Kmenta was approached by David Klawans, an executive producer of Argo with Ben Affleck, which won the best picture Academy Award for 2013. Fox Searchlight has also acquired right to “The Spy With No Name”, another book about the case by US author Jeff Maysh.

National Gallery unveils plans for upcoming season

Sculptures by Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti and an exhibition of French Expressionists will be among the highlights of the upcoming season at the Prague National Gallery, Czech Radio reported on Saturday.

The main attraction will be the large-scale Giacometti exhibition, starting in July 2019, prepared in collaboration with the Paris Giacometti Foundation. The sculptures will be shown together with works by the Czech artist Olbram Zoubek.

In addition, the National Gallery is planning a major show of Renaissance and Baroque paintings as well as an exhibition of works from 1796 to 1918 entitled "The Art of the Longest Century". After the 2019 season, the National Gallery's Trade Fair Palace will undergo a major renovation.

Bernard breaks brewing record in 2018

Mid-sized Czech brewer, Bernard, has reported record production figures for 2018. The brewer produced over 356,000 hectoliters of beer between January and November, exceeding last year’s production by around 24,000 hectoliters.

Around 22 percent of Bernards production was exported in 2018, which is around one fifth more than in the previous year. The biggest export destinations are Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Russia.

NHL: Radil scores premiere goal for San Jose

San Jose Sharks forward Lukáš Radil scored his first goal in NHL on Saturday night, helping his team to win over the host Arizona Coyotes 5-3.

It was the sixth game of the season for the 28-year-old Czech after signing with the Sharks in April. Another Czech, Tomáš Hertl, also scored an empty-net goal for San Jose with 51 seconds to play.


Monday is expected to be mostly overcast with occasional rain and snow showers and daytime temperatures ranging between 2 and 6 degrees Celsius.