Alexander Dubcek

The "liberal" communist

The rise and fall

Dubcek was the communist leader of Czechoslovakia. When his country went into economic strain he introduced a policy of decentralization. This program allowed for companies to have more freedom to decide on wages. During the Prague spring he introduced a plethora of reform ideas. Aware lf the Hungarian Uprising, Dubcek mentioned that Czechoslovakia would possibly leave the Warsaw Pact. Upset with his liberal ideas Stalin replaced Dubcek with Gustavo Husak in 1969. After the fall of communism, Dubcek was elected chairman of the federal assembly. He was awarded a peace price for his book, The Soviet Invasion.
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