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The Czech Republic suspects Moscow of attempting to organize sabotage in Prague

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun11,2024

The Czech Republic suspects Moscow of attempting to organize sabotage in Prague

Photo: Petr Fiala

Russia may be behind the attempted arson of city buses in Prague last week, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said on Monday, June 10, reports Reuters.

The country's police said that on Saturday, June 8, a 26-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident. He was charged with terrorism.

"There are suspicions that the attack was organized and financed, probably from Russia, – Fiala said at a press conference. – This is part of the hybrid war that Russia is waging against us, from which we must defend and which we must stop. Russia is constantly trying to sow unrest and undermine citizens' trust in our state.

Police said the suspect is a Hispanic man from South America.

He had been in the Czech Republic for five days before the arson attempt on Wednesday evening, police said. Reportedly, he was unable to carry out the plan thanks to the vigilance of employees of the Prague bus depot.

Poland, which, like the Czech Republic, is a member of NATO, accused Russia of trying to destabilize the situation in the country, including ; through sabotage and arson.

Last month, Poland's Internal Security Agency said it had detained a Pole and two Belarusian citizens suspected of setting fires to objects in different parts of the country. Others have been arrested for acts of sabotage that Polish officials say were carried out on orders from Russian forces.

The Czech Republic accused Russia of orchestrating a series of bombings at an ammunition depot in 2014 and expelled dozens of Russian diplomats after how, according to her, evidence of Moscow's involvement in these explosions emerged in 2021.

Prepared by: Sergei Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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