PEN club criticizes Klaus for disrespecting Havel

The Czech branch of the PEN club has issued an open letter calling on the Czech President Václav Klaus to refrain from attacking his predecessor Václav Havel. President Klaus, whose second and last term in office will end in less than a month, has made a number of public statements recently that expressed disrespect for the former president, playwright and lauded dissident. In an interview for a Polish newspaper, the current president referred to the late Mr Havel as a leftist extremist.

Author: Masha Volynsky