CZECHOSLOVAKIA: Just Ordinary Conspiracies

Commissar Ladislav Kopriva, the man behind many Czech purges, likes to philosophize. Last November, after jailing Czech Vice Premier Rudolf Slansky for "antistate activities," Kopriva said: "Our Czechoslovak traitors . .. can be compared with Russia's Trotsky ... Our conspiracies are not extraordinary, but only further evidence that our country is subject to the same laws of socialistic development as the Soviet Union."

Last week the laws of socialistic development caught up with Commissar Kopriva himself. Prague radio announced that he had been "relieved at his own request" of his duties as...

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