Dear readers,
 
The New Presence website was started in 2012 due to the interest of non-Czech speakers in reading what Czechs themselves were writing about.
Initially the website featured exclusive translations of articles from our Czech mother version Přítomnost, which is now the leading analytical magazine in the Czech Republic (www.pritomnost.cz).
 
Over time, the number of English-language sources that cover the Czech and regional press has grown. As such, this website archives key articles, past and present, that focus on key central European issues.
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Czech Security Information Service's straightforward Annual Report

Compared to most of the security institutions in Central Europe, the Czech Security Information Service (BIS) managed to describe Russian and Chinese intelligence activities in the Czech Republic in a remarkable detail. There are several points in the latest Annual Report we would like to highlight:

 

  • Russian and Chinese activities threatening the Czech security and other interests are a continuous priority for the BIS. While Russian activities “continuously focused primarily on influence operations and exploitation of Czech sources”, the Chinese changed up their tactics and focused more on intelligence infiltration instead of influence.
  • The size of the Russian diplomatic mission which includes a high number of individuals with affiliation to the Russian intelligence services represents several risks, especially because of the reckless attitude of Czech politicians and civil servants towards unclassified but non-public information.

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