“As of March 24, 2014, we do not take in citizens of the Russian Federation. The reason is the annexation of Crimea. Our hotel services can be used only by those citizens of the Russian Federation who sign the Declaration in which they express their disagreement with the occupation of Crimea, which is contrary to all norms that are to be used in the twenty-first century. Yours respectfully, Brioni Boutique Hotel”.
This sign in Czech and English put at the hotel entrance in April 2014, led to a five-year trial in the Czech Republic. A Russian woman, invited by her friends to the Czech Republic, refused to sign the Declaration and was not allowed to stay in the hotel. It’s easy to imagine the humiliation she was subjected to at the Brioni hotel.
Calling such behavior preposterous is the least that can be said. The Supreme Court of the Czech Republic declared this a discrimination and humiliation of human dignity. But the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic 5 years later marked a decisive end to the case: cancelled the decision of the Supreme Court and under the guise of fighting extremism, and “occupation of Czechoslovakia in August 1968 by the predecessor of the Russian Federation” said it did not agree with the decision and ruled that the businessman thus may well “focus on “a market segment”. In fairness it must be said that this ruling of the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic was not supported by one of the judges.
The high ideals declared by the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic relating to expressing one’s political opinion resulted in the dictatorship of the opinion of just one man:
“This is what I think, and if you disagree – go away”.
What’s next to be justified in this madness? Mother disowning her child of the “wrong” political views?
A doctor’s refusal to provide medical care because a half-dead patient refuses to sign a Declaration that they agree with the doctor’s political views?
Or shall we take it further – justifying the murder of anyone who doesn’t share the same political views?
This is the case when Einstein’s words come to mind –
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website