Institute for Study of Totalitarian Regimes divided over new head

There is continuing controversy over the appointment of Jiří Pernes head of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. Four board members have walked out in protest since he took up the post earlier this week. The former dissident and writer Jiří Gruša, military historian Eduard Stehlík, the vice-dean of the law faculty of Charles University Jan Kuklik and former dissident and Charter 77 signatory Jiří Gruntorád have all refused to recognize and work with the new head. Jiří Pernes lost their support after it emerged that he had taken evening classes at the communist academy of Marxism and Leninism. Mr. Pernes has not commented on the developments.