Picek awards recognition for participation in third resistance
Actor and Charter 77 signatory Pavel Landovský as well as bishop Václav Malý were among 23 people who were recognized as members of the so-called third anti-communist resistance movement. The recognition certificates were given out on Tuesday by the Defense Minister Vlastimil Picek. Some have criticized the fact that Minister Picek, who was a member of the Communist Party before 1989, gave out the awards. The defense ministry has given out 323 recognitions of third resistance membership so far, having rejected 583 requests, with almost 4,000 applications awaiting evaluation.