Police called to check totalitarian institute for bugging: report

Managers of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes called police out to their main Prague office to search for bugging devices, the weekly Tyden reported on its web pages on Thursday. Police failed to find anything suspicious. It is the second time that the police search has been demanded, the first request coming in April after the surprise appointment of historian Jiří Pernes as new director. He was dismissed after just six weeks in the post last week. The troubled institute holds the archives of the Communist secret police who were well practiced in the arts of espionage. A spokesman for the institute said it had no comment to make.

Author: Chris Johnstone