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Tragic death of student Palach in appreciation by the press

M.V. Datsyshina


M.V. Datsyshina is Cand.Sci (History), head specialist at Russian State Archive of Social Political History e-mail:


Presented is publication of archive materials, connected with appreciation of events of 1968–1969 in Czechoslovakia by the press. Firstly, published are archive documents under the stamp “for secret use” from fond of Russian state archive of social political history, dedicated to echoes in Czech and Western mass media as to events in Czechoslovakia. The aim of the author is to show, how changing was reaction of Western mass media on events in Czechoslovakia through the years of 1968–1969.

Key words: Czech events, years of 1968-1969, public opinion, mass media, Jan Palach.