First Czech Culture Minister Jindřich Kabát dies aged 67

Writer, psychologist and politician Jindřich Kabát, who was Czechoslovak and later Czech minister of culture from 1992 to 1994, died aged 67 on Tuesday, the Czech News Agency reports citing his son Martin.

Kabát was known for mortgaging two listed buildings in the centre of Prague to fund an unsuccessful lottery project called Česká lotynka, which aimed to bring in more financial support to the culture sector.

Aside from his political activity, Kabát was also a lecturer in various schools including Charles University’s faculties of health, philosophy and theology. In the 1980s he taught the psychology of art at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and in the 1990s he was a lecturer at the College of Journalism.