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Ing. Bohuslav Koutecký - Biography

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Bohuslav Koutecký was born on April 9, 1951 in Kladno shortly after his father had been arrested by the StB. The family has never learnt anything else about his fate. Very early on, Bohuslav became aware of the difference between what he was hearing in school and at home. His hobbies included exploring of caves. Together with other cavers, he began disseminating texts which were banned at the end of the 1960s. The secret police discovered the group's activities shortly after and its members were gradually arrested. In 1971 Bohuslav was sentenced to two years of imprisonment with one year of suspended sentence for defamation of the country and its representative and for defamation of race and conviction. Subsequently, no employer was willing to hire him. Bohuslav eventually found a job in coal mines in Ostrava, where workers with "political blemishes" were common occurrence. He remained under the StB surveillance nearly until the Velvet Revolution. Bohuslav was a member of the team of cave explorers who discovered the Amateur Cave in the Moravian Karst.

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