Milos Jakeš


November 28, 2021

Miloš / Miloš Jakeš (August 12, 1922-July 10, 2020) is a Czechoslovak politician and General Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (1987-1989).

History / Person

Born in Ceske Budejo, near Ceske Budejovice. He worked at the Zlín shoe factory from 1937 to 1950, during which time he joined the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. He studied abroad in Moscow from 1955 to 1958. He was actively involved in the reformist purge in the normalization regime that began after the 1968 Warsaw Pact military invasion (Prague Spring). In December 1987, he succeeded Gustáv Husark as party secretary. Although he defined himself as a reformer, he refused to engage in any dialogue with dissident groups, and he remained strong. He resigned as General Secretary due to the Velvet Revolution in November 1989. He colluded with Soviet troops in the 1968 military invasion in 2003 and was tried on suspicion of attempting to establish a revolutionary labor and agriculture government.


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