East StratCom disinformation claim:

Václav Havel was installed as president of Czechoslovakia by Western inteligence services together with the Communists in order to turn the country into a puppet state of the West.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 30. October 2016

Debunk claim:

Václav Havel was one of the founders of a citizen initiative called Charta 77, which formed the resistance against the communist regime. Havel was furthermore oppressed by the regime and became one of the symbols of opposition. He was chosen as president after the resignation of Gustav Husák, and was confirmed in the position in a democratic election in 1991. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30059011 and http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/vaclav-havel-artist-dissident-president-icon-6097672.html

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http:, wwweuropeanvalues net/kremlinwatch/ in Disinformation Review issue 46. The item is located at row number 63 in the report.

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