Vaclav Havel was the most advanced politician because his guidance in his work and life was always a moral imperative rather than narrowly understood political viability.

The fact that the people of Czechoslovakia elected Vaclav Havel in 1989 their president characterizes first of all the thinking of the people and their realization that such person should head the country in the moment of abrupt changes. Such a coincidence is rare in history, that is why the example of Vaclav Havel is most valuable for the world. His performance in the historic stage does not end today, on the very day when his death has become another cause for assertion of his principles.

I am transferring my sincere condolences to Vaclav Havel’s wife, his friends, next of kin and all the Czech people.

Grigory Yavlinsky