Thursday, January 17, 2013

Radio Prague Today 1.17.2013

Articles posted today

Crossing frozen Lake Baikal on foot

Lake Baikal –the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world is located in the south of Siberia, between Irkutsk to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the southeast. A region of breathtaking beauty and harsh climate it attracts thousands of visitors from around the world –from those who want a guided tour in relative comfort organized by a travel agency to those who take a backpack and set out on an unforgettable adventure.

Václav Klaus insinuates Czechs should not vote for "foreign" Schwarzenberg

Without actually naming any names, the outgoing Czech president, Václav Klaus, appears to have endorsed Miloš Zeman ahead of the second round of the election to succeed him at Prague Castle. Mr Klaus said he hoped his successor would be someone who has spent his life in this country – which would rule out Mr. Zeman's rival Karel Schwarzenberg, who spent 40 years abroad. But what effect will Mr Klaus' comments have on the race?

New website offers wealth of material on Jan Palach

For over four decades, Czechs have at this time of year – once covertly but now openly – marked the death of Jan Palach, who on January 16 1969 set himself on fire in protest at society's resignation in the face of the Soviet occupation that began five months earlier. This year one of the events commemorating Palach's act of self-sacrifice has been the launch of a new website containing a wealth of material on the student's life, death and much more.