Vaclav Havel dead at 75
20 December 2011 Go Pushkin

leader of Velvet Revolution Vaclav Havel dies

Vaclav Havel[Václav Havel], a writer and the former Czech Republic president has died at the age of 75.
According to his assistant Sabina Dancecova, he passed away on Sunday morning (18th December) at his cottage in Hradecek,northern Bohemia following a long illness.

Havel was born in Prague in 1936. Under communism, his plays were banned and he spent five years in jail for standing up to the regime.
After the 1989 Velvet Revolution, he became Czechoslovakia’s first president.