27. června 2016 | News

Prázdninové čtení NFPK

The Anticorruption Endowment has released another sequel of “holiday beach reading stuff”. This year’s focus is on Václav Klaus and his career to date, including the pre-November 1989 epoch. The reader can learn less well known facts about the life of Václav Klaus, the no-holds-barred “Wild Nineties” against the background of views and declared positions of a once top-ranking political figure and prime minister. Due space is devoted to the Klaus-Nečas amnesty of January 2013, which put a symbolic cap on the Klaus years.       

The text of the publication, compiled from open information sources, comprises four chapters. The first chapter maps Klaus’s activities in the period from the late 1960s to late 1980s. Mention is made of his interrupted career of economics scholar, many years spent with the Czechoslovak State Bank and ultimately in the Forecasting Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. Attention is paid to his visit to Chicago in the summer of 1989, and his November 1989 appearance on Austrian television, marked by careful statements concerning the ongoing changes.       

The second chapter, titled “Freedom without Restraint”, discusses the post-revolutionary economic transformation and its underlying phenomena. Authentic quotations are used to demonstrate that the original intention behind the transformation inevitably must have led to concentrating state property in the hands of a very small private club of “heroes of capitalist labour”. Voucher privatization was the method they chose to pursue their goals. Discussed in more detail is the dedicated opposition of senior government figures against the imposition of any controls whatsoever, masked by ideology for public consumption.

The third chapter studies the relationships between Václav Klaus and his associates on the one hand and Viktor Kožený on the other, and cases such as the asset-stripped CS Funds and the Investiční a Poštovní Banka affair, which touched off an avalanche of bad loans and credits. It follows from the testimonies of senior political personalities that the bank was under political influence. Due attention is given also to the “fairytale” story of the PPF financial group and its frontman.

The last chapter is devoted to the fall of Václav Klaus as prime minister and his ascent to the presidential post. It mentions the strange circumstances that surrounded his election as president in both 2003 and 2008. Discussed in greater detail is the influence Klaus as president exercised on the highest echelons of justice. A special subchapter deals with the amnesty affair. Previously unknown circumstances of that are disclosed in public. For the sake of illustration, this section of the book brings you quotations uttered by people around Klaus, who spoke out on certain of his personal and character features. In conclusion, we present Klaus in his own words that help us to complete the picture.

Václav Klaus was one of the central figures in the post-November developments. Some of us, myself included, at first worshipped him as a competent economist and politician. Regrettably, time showed that during his tenure and due to his active role, there occurred a completely objectionable and purposeful twisting of the legislative rules, which in due course paved the way to a massive theft of national assets. I have information that Václav Klaus was not after stealing into his pocket as much as he wished to plant those who have stolen a lot, and on whom he had some leverage because of that, to positions of power. It could be said that the shameful amnesty (Article II!) he granted to several criminals as his term in office was drawing to its close was the logical result of his strategy and commitments to the economic criminals of the past, by which, in my opinion, he definitely deserves to be called the chief of the malvenoms in modern history,” Karel Janeček, Chairman of the Board and founder of the Anticorruption Endowment, said on the occasion of releasing this publication.

The Anticorruption Endowment is a fully independent initiative by people radically unprepared to accept a high level of corruption in state administration. One of our goals is to help expose corruption in state administration and support projects exposing corruption.

Order a free copy of this publication (in Czech only) on info@nfpk.cz, also available in e-format and for MOBI and EPUB readers.

Contacts please: Linda Majerová, Director of NFPK, tel.: 734 315 353, e-mail: linda.majerova@nfpk.cz