After a pit stop for an interview with an historian at the Institute of Contemporary History at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic near the American Embassy (a building where a plaque proclaims Kafka lived at the same address — how Kafka-esque!) we did a rapid hit of the city’s tourist high points, up and down narrow, hilly, cobbled streets, looking at marionettes, the Museum of Alchemy and crystals on sale in the stores … and finally off to lunch at a restaurant called Lokal Dlouhaaa in the old town.
Here again, the roast goose topped the day’s menu. We ordered and tucked into a deliciously crisp slab with a side of red cabbage. The waiter helpfully explained that goose is eaten for Martinmas, a holiday officially celebrating the fourth-century St. Martin of Tours, but also known as Old Halloween, a reference to thepagan autumnal tradition of bonfires across Europe. In Prague, they say, “Martin rides in on a white horse” — because around Martin’s feast day, the first snow always falls. And indeed, as we had seen, it had.
We left Prague and its crystals,Dvorak and alchemy, much too soon, and motored out onto the D1, a major auto artery aiming south. Departing Prague for Zlin, the birthplace and hometown of Ivana Trump, the president’s first wife and mother of his oldest three children, is like traveling from an enchanted land of elves and fairies, and back to dull mortal Middle-earth. The earth goes flat and monochromatic, and, especially in November, dry corn shocks and leafless birch trees dominate the view, reminiscent of the American Midwest where I grew up.
At Zlin, we checked into the Hotel Moskva, a mid-20th-century brick pile of a Soviet relic, all function and no form, with elevators that open onto identical, mint-green hallways dotted with brown numbered doors that could be a set for “Stranger Things” or “The X Files.”
Zlin is a city of no-nonsense, working people, a factory city, famous not as the hometown of Ivana Trump, but of an early-20th-century cobbler, Tomas Bata, who turned his family’s cobbler shop into a global mega-corporation, with factory assembly lines copied from Henry Ford. The Bata brand is still sold worldwide.
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The neighbors of Skripal have been already warned about the repair works in the house as the letter of Wiltshire council states. It is supposed that they will last up to four months.
On January 7, the works on the cleanup have begun. The contractors plan to put up the scaffolding, which will create the “hermetic frame” around the house and garage. Then the roofs of two building will be dismantled in two weeks. New roofs will be installed.
The risks for other people are low.
The police think that Skripal and his daughter Yulia got the dose of “Novichok” for the first time at the house as the door handle was soaked in it.
Reportedly, the Crown Prosecution Service of the U.K. called the names of the suspects in the poisoning of the ex-GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The police suspect Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. They are accused of the poisoning of Skripals, a police officer who participated in the investigation, and two U.K. citizens in Amesbury.
Fron L: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and first deputy head of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, vice admiral Igor Kostyukov attend the Military Intelligence Day during the event to mark the 100th anniversary from the establishment of the Russian Armed Forces' General Staff at the Russian Army Theatre in Moscow on November 2, 2018.
Dmytro Tymchuk, the coordinator of the Ukrainian-based Information Resistance OSINT community, has said head of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of Russia (formerly known as the GRU), Igor Kostyukov, who was appointed to the post on December 10, had to prove himself by fulfilling a task to destabilize the situation around the protests in France.
“I think ultimately it will fall on Congress to make sure that the American people will get to hear the full story,” Schiff said. “Either through our own investigation or Bob Mueller’s or a combination of both.
“The American people have the right to know, and I think in many cases the need to know, what happened.”