Former Polish President Lech Walesa , who led the Solidarity labor movement that helped bring down communism, was hospitalized yesterday, private broadcaster TVN24 reported, citing unnamed people close to the former president.
Lech Walesa travels to Tunisia today to advise the country’s new leaders on building a democracy after they ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali . Based on Walesa’s experience, the transition may be a long one.
Anna Walentynowicz, a Solidarity activist whose firing started the Gdansk shipyard strike in 1980 and helped spread trade-union activism against the communist regime in Poland, died in the plane crash in Russia today.
Alexey Navalny, who spearheaded the biggest protests against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 13- year-rule, was sentenced to prison, bringing thousands into the streets as global finance leaders gather in Moscow.
Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who served time in Czechoslovakia’s communist prisons before leading a revolution that ushered democracy into central Europe and hoisted him into the Czech presidency, has died. He was 75.