I lived under pressure for twenty years before the revolution and for ten years after it was over. I was down and out mentally
Vasil Mohorita was born on September 19th 1952 in Praha to a Czecho-Ruthenian family. His father, Vasil Mohorita, was born in Carpathian Ruthenia and before the WWII he had been working as a lumberjack; his mother Ludmila was born in the village of Horní Počaply near the town of Mělník. After the WWII began, his father defected from Carpathian Ruthenia to the USSR where he was arrested and imprisoned in the Gulag camp. In 1943, he we released to join the 1st Czechoslovak army corps established in Buzuluk where he was trained as a paratrooper. In 1944, he was deployed in the Protectorate with the ARAP airborne unit, allegedly serving as its chief of staff. Vasil´s mother Ludmila was a war widow and she met Mohorita after the war. They were issued flat in Praha-Holešovice, in the so-called Little Berlin, a modern housing complex from where its German residents had been expelled. In 1968, Vasil had graduated from the primary school at Strossmayer Square, he began his apprenticeship as a car mechanic and began to attend the organised youth gatherings. In 1970, he joined the newly established SSM (the Czechoslovak Socialist Union of Youth) in which all the former youth organisations merged. From 1971 to 1972, he completed the one-year course at the Komsomol University in Moscow. Upon his return, he become an instructor at the SSM Municipal Committee and later, he was the Prague’ Second District’ SSM District Committee secretary. In 1977, he began to study at the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia ’ University of Political Sciences. From 1982 to 1968 he was the Czech SSM Central Committee secretary and he also served as the deputy chairman of the SSM’ Czechoslovak University Students’ Center ; in 1986, he became the chairman of the Czech SSM Central Committee and since 1987, he was a federal SSM’ Central Committee chairman. In 1988, he become the Party ’ Central Committee Secretariat member; in November 1989 he was a member of the Central Committee’ Presidium and the Party secretary. During the November 1989 revolution he led the negotiations with the Občanské fórum (Civic Forum) representatives and with Václav Havel. On the emergency Party congress in Decebmer 1989 he was elected the vice-chairman of the Party. In January 1990, he was elected the Federal Assembly member representing the Communist party. During that period, his influence has been weakening and he was an unaffiliated member of the Assembly. In 1991, he established the KSČM splinter faction Demokratická levice (Demmocratic Left) which he left afterwards and formed Democratic Worker’ Party with former members of the Czechoslovak Socialist Party. He was the Federal Assembly member till the 1992 elections. In the 90s, he started a business and was dealing with Russian and Ukrainian companies with little success. In 2000, as the CS Funds scandal broke out, he suffered a nervous breakdown and developed psychotic symptoms but he didn´t seek medical help as he was fearing for his life. He found mental balance again in Britain while working as a helping hand in a restaurant kitchen. Since that he makes his living doing part-time blue-collar jobs in Britain and in the Czech Republic; he also lived in Spain and in Israel. He lives in a rented room; he is divorced and has two children.