30 years of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia


The exhibition «1989: Thirty Years of the Velvet Revolution» was opened at The State Museum of Political History of Russia. The exhibition was prepared by the National Museum in Prague and the General Consulate of the Czech Republic in Saint-Petersburg.

17 banners introduce the history of the Velvet Revolution: the Charter-77 movement, the situation in Czechoslovakia in the 80s of the last century, the main faces of November 1989 and the first years of the changes. Mass student demonstrations on 17 November 1989 marked as the beginning of the transition to a new stage in the history of Czechoslovakia, and then two independent states of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.

«I recommend the guests to get acquainted with the texts presented at the exhibition, here you can find interesting facts from the history of Czechoslovakia, which are not so widely known in Russia», - said the director of the State Museum of Political History of Russia Evgeny Artemov at the opening of the exhibition.

The General Consul of the Czech Republic in Saint-Petersburg, Karel Kühnl, thanked the museum for its help in organizing the exhibition and reminded that the events of 1989 in the history of the Czech Republic take an important place. «The main ideas of the Velvet Revolution were freedom and truth, these ideas are still relevant today, and people in different countries are ready to fight for them», - Karel Kühnl said.

Sergey Andreev, Chairman of the Chapek Brothers' Society in Saint-Petersburg, recalled the atmosphere that was in Czechoslovakia in 1989. At that time, he had lived in the country for several years and headed the branch of the USSR State TV and Radio in Czechoslovakia, so he witnessed historical events. «The roots of the revolution date back to 1968», - says Andreyev. At that time, hundreds of thousands of people representing the intellectual elite of Czechoslovakia were excluded from public life. «Protest moods were accumulated, so the demonstration of students on November 17, 1989 was a cause, but not the main reason for the Velvet Revolution», - he concluded.

The exhibition will work in The State Museum of Political History of Russia until December 4.

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