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Crisis in Ukraine
The philosopher Jan Patočka is something of a national hero in the Czech Republic, and deservedly so. A teacher of Vaclav Havel, he was, in addition to one of the most important Central-European thinkers of the twentieth century, a martyr to the struggle for freedom in the Czech Republic during Communist rule. In 1977, at the age of 70, he died from a brain haemorrhage after a prolonged police interrogation.