Thursday, July 24, 2014


Below the image of Vaclav Havel on the front of RFE/RL's Prague headquarters is added in Czech: "Thank you."

RFE/RL Remembers Vaclav Havel

In honor of former Czech and Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel, who died on December 18, RFE/RL has projected an image of his face on the front of its headquarters in Prague. More

Czech Republic -- Vaclav Havel's Funeral

Video Czechs Bid Farewell To Havel

World leaders and Czech dignitaries gathered in Prague for the state funeral for Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright-turned-president who helped topple communist rule more than 20 years ago. More

A caisson with the flag-draped coffin of former Czechoslovak dissident and Czech President Vaclav Havel arrives at Prague Castle on December 21, accompanied by his widow and surrounded by mourners.

Video Czechs Escort Havel's Casket To Castle

An official period of mourning begins as the remains of former Czechoslovak dissident and President Vaclav Havel are escorted across the Czech capital by thousands of mourners to lie in state at Prague Castle. More


News & Features

Video Vaclav Havel Dead At 75

Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright-turned-president and the leading figure in the peaceful revolution that toppled communism in Czechoslovakia, has died.
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Video World Reacts To Vaclav Havel's Death

Tributes from around the world mourning the death of former Czech President Vaclav Havel continue to arrive in Prague.
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Interview: Former Adviser Jiri Pehe On Havel's Legacy

A former adviser to Vaclav Havel, Jiri Pehe, now a Czech political analyst and director of New York University in Prague, spoke with RFE/RL about the former dissident-turned-statesman and his legacy after his death on December 18.
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Video Vaclav Havel: Velvet Revolutionary

1989 was the year in which Vaclav Havel went from jailed dissident to revolutionary leader to president. Twenty years on, we profile the leading figure of then-Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution.
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Kremlin Leaves Havel Tributes To Others

Leaders from all corners of the world have paid tribute to Vaclav Havel -- dissident, revolutionary, playwright, and the first president of the Czech Republic -- who died on December 18. But from the Kremlin there has been only silence.
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Havel’s Last Letter To Belarusian Jailed Activists

Three days before he passed away, Vaclav Havel, as a gift to RFE/RL's Radio Svaboda, wrote a letter of support to eight Belarusian prisoners.
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Havel. Gorbachev. Putin? Latest Recipient Of German Democracy Prize Raises Eyebrows

There's growing controversy in Germany about the decision to give Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin a prize for promoting freedom and democracy.
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RFE/RL Marks 60th Anniversary Of Czechoslovak Service

Sixty years ago, Radio Free Europe went on the air with its first broadcast service. The target country was Czechoslovakia, and this year many of those who listened to the broadcasts are marking the anniversary.
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Havel Film Premieres In Prague

Moviegoers in Prague are attending the premiere of former Czech President Vaclav Havel's first feature film this week, marking the latest career twist of the internationally renowned playwright and ex-dissident who led the Velvet Revolution that toppled communism in 1989.
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Video Havel Talks 'Leaving,' Mubarak

Former Czech President Vaclav Havel is set to release his first feature film next month, the latest career twist of the internationally renowned absurdist playwright and ex-dissident who led the Velvet Revolution that toppled communism in Czechoslovakia in 1989. He talked to RFE/RL's Gregory Feifer.
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Havel Calls for Release of Jailed Iranian Rights Lawyer

Former Czech President Vaclav Havel has called for the release of jailed Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is reportedly on hunger strike in Evin prison to protest her imprisonment.
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Vaclav Havel Urges Iran Student Leaders Not to Lose Hope

Former Czech President Vaclav Havel has praised the two Iranian activists who were awarded the Homo Homini prize awarded annually by the Czech NGO People in Need "in recognition of a dedication to the promotion of human rights, democracy, and nonviolent solutions to political conflicts" and called on them not to lose hope.
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Havel Protests Jailing Of Chinese Dissident

Former Czech President Vaclav Havel and two fellow communist-era dissidents went to the Chinese Embassy to hand over a letter to protest a Beijing court's decision last month to sentence Liu to 11 years in jail for "inciting subversion of state power."
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Multimedia

Video State Funeral For Vaclav Havel Held At Prague Castle

World leaders and Czech dignitaries bid farewell to former President Vaclav Havel, who died on December 18 at age 75, at a funeral service in St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Czech President Vaclav Klaus, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Polish Lech Walesa, and Havel's widow Dagmar Havlova were among the guests. Video by Anton Chiriaev and Margot Buff, RFE/RL


Photogallery Havel Procession

Large crowds of people lined the streets of the Czech capital as the coffin of the country's late leader Vaclav Havel was transported to Prague Castle. Havel will lie in state at the castle until his funeral on December 23.


Video Mourners View Coffin Of Late Czech President Havel

Mourners visited Prague Castle today to sign books of condolences for former President Vaclav Havel, who died on December 18 at the age of 75. In Prague's Old Town, at least 1,000 people lined up to view the coffin of the late president at St. Anne's Church, a location Havel had helped transform into an international spiritual center called Prague Crossroads.


Video Czechs Pay Respects To Vaclav Havel

As news spread of the death of former President Vaclav Havel, Czech citizens lit candles and placed flowers on Prague's Wenceslas Square and at the memorial on Narodni Street for the student demonstrations that ushered in the Velvet Revolution. Czech flutist Jiří Stivín made an impromptu appearance in Havel's honor.


Video Vaclav Havel, Former Czech President, Has Died

Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright-turned-president and the leading figure in the peaceful Velvet Revolution that toppled communism in Czechoslovakia, has died. (AP video)


Photogallery Vaclav Havel Remembered

Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright-turned-president and the leading figure in the peaceful revolution that toppled communism in Czechoslovakia, has died.