Radim Palous, leading Czech anti-communist dissident and Charles University rector, dies at 90

September 11, 2015 2:03 PM

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PRAGUE – Radim Palous, a leading anti-communist dissident and the first rector of Prague's Charles University after the collapse of communism, has died.

Palous was persecuted by the communist regime and was among the first to sign the Charter 77 human rights manifesto inspired by Vaclav Havel. He became its spokesman in 1982 and '83, organized illegal classes of philosophy and helped publish banned books.

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