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The leader of Czechoslovakia’s Communist Party said there will be no rehabilitation of Alexander Dubcek, who led the 1968 “Prague Spring” liberalization campaign that was crushed by Soviet tanks. “We don’t intend any political rehabilitation or return of Alexander Dubcek to political activity,” Czechoslovak leader Milos Jakes told reporters in Moscow after meeting with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. The return of Dubcek might be misunderstood and could “lead to instability,” he said. The Czech Communist Party lags behind Hungary and Poland in adopting reforms modeled on Gorbachev’s restructuring campaign, but Jakes said it is changing at its own pace.


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