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Letter from Prague

It's that man again. Jan Kavan's appointment as foreign minister brings back bleak memories of Prague politics

By Susan Greenberg   October 1998

Jan Kavan, the new Czech foreign minister, was the first man I ever met who had me composing his obituary on our first introduction, more than 11 years ago. It was not so much the inherited heart condition as Kavan’s pronounced sense of his own place in history, his connection with sweeping events and lofty goals. But perched on such a pedestal, it was that much easier to fall off.

Kavan-a leading dissident activist in London following the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968-became a focus of controversy following the 1989 “velvet revolution,” when he was accused of having been…

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