Special unit investigating circumstances of Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček‘s planned trip to Moscow
Officers from the National Center for Combatting Organized Crime are investigating the circumstances of Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček’s planned trip to Moscow, shortly before the disclosure linking the 2014 Vrbětice explosions to two Russian agents. The news site Seznam.cz later wrote that Mr.Hamáček had planned to negotiate a deal in Moscow under which he would hush-up the Russian link in return for a shipment of one million Covid vaccines and the possibility to host a Russian-US summit on Czech territory. The National Centre for Combatting Organized Crime is investigating the planned trip on suspicion of possible compromise of classified information and abuse of position. Mr. Hamáček has vehemently denied the allegations in Seznam saying the announced visit to Moscow was a smoke screen to enable the Czech government to recall the Czech ambassador to Russia back for consultations without raising suspicion.