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Newsline: Czechs cancel Soviet-era deal giving Russian embassy free land

The Czech government on Wednesday cancelled Soviet-era decrees that granted the Russian embassy free use of land in Prague and other cities, a further step in a more than two-year diplomatic spat with Moscow. On Wednesday, the centre-right government rescinded orders granting Russia the use of dozens of plots of lands in the 1970s and 1980s by the country’s then Communist rulers. Russia will now have to pay leases to use of the land, the foreign ministry said. (https://kfgo.com/2023/05/17/czechs-cancel-soviet-era-decrees-giving-russian-embassy-free-land/) The Russian embassy in Prague did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Prague had in 2021 accused Russian intelligence agents of being behind explosions at an arms depot in the Czech Republic in 2014, leading it to drastically reduce staff at the Russian embassy, then one of central Europe’s biggest missions and which continues to operate at a greatly reduced capacity.

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