New head of Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes rejects concerns about its future

Jiří Perners, the new head of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, has rejected concerns about the institute’s future voiced by critics who opposed his appointment. Mr Pernes told a news conference on Monday he had offered several Czech and foreign public figures to join the institute’s council of experts. The new director also said the institute would publish around 14 million digitalized documents from the country’s communist period on its website by the end of the year.

Mr Pernes, who earlier this month became the institute’s new director, has been facing criticism over his past, including his studies at the communist academy of Marxism and Leninism. Three members of the institute’s council of experts quit in protest of his appointment.

Author: Jan Richter