An employee of the Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic, whose function is to protect the Ministry’s computer equipment from cyber threats, justifies in the Internet the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in August 1968. He criticizes the West and defends Russia.
“NATO is an aggressive pact, and Russians are brothers who in 1968 prevented a coup in Czechoslovakia,” Lubomir Ch. writes a lot of similar posts on Facebook.
He differs from other participants in the Internet discussions by his place of employment. Lubomir is a civilian employee of the Czech Ministry of Defense. He takes care of its cyber defense and protection of computers that contains data important for NATO. He knows how this data is protected.
In the Ministry of Defense he has been working since 1992, when he graduated from the Military Academy. Information about his professional career is available on the business networking service LinkedIn. He is known to the editors of Aktuálně.cz.
Views and beliefs of Lubomir Ch. Can be seen in the Facebook group Czechoslovak serviceman of reserve against the war, planned by NATO command (Českoslovenští vojáci v záloze proti válce plánované velením NATO). The group was created after the annexation of Crimea, its members openly take the Kremlin’s side and criticize the West. Also they persuade one another that a war is approaching, in which they will participate on the Russia’s side.
A report of the Ministry of Defense on extremism mentions the Czechoslovak Servicemen of Reserve. In one of the posts in the group (which is not public on Facebook), Lubomir Ch. writes that he “fully shares their thoughts” and swore allegiance to the Czech Republic, rather than to “some aggressive pact.”
In September of the last year, for example, he claimed that NATO was preparing to fight Russia. “The future is a war. War on several fronts. Preparing for a war with Russia in the field of propaganda culminates, the transfer of military and NATO equipment to the east cannot be ignored”, he writes. This is at the time when eastern members of the Alliance asked to send them reinforcement after Russia seized a part of Ukraine and continued the destabilization of the Russian-speaking population in the Baltic States through television propaganda.
Lubomir Ch. calls deputies of the European Parliament who voted for the refugees’ quota the “common smelly rats”, who “will get what they deserve”. He blames a “gang of ugly freaks – the so-called Havloids” for the incident when a half-naked Ukrainian woman attacked President Zeman.
He calls the recent protests against Andrej Babiš’s government in the Czech Republic and Robert Fico’s in Slovakia “an unconstitutional coup d’état that is masked by various artificially created triggers”. Also, he proposes to act in accordance with Article 23 of the List of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms. The article justifies resistance to attempts of dismantle the democratic system, if constitutional bodies are paralyzed and the lawful means are inapplicable.
Lubomir Ch. did not respond to the questions that were sent to him. By phone, he said that he would not provide any answers to the editorial offices of Aktuálně.cz and Hospodářské noviny.
The Ministry of Defense replied to Aktuálně.cz that “it does not share private convictions of the employee and condemns them”. “The government employee must respect its fundamental positions,” said the speaker of the ministry, Jan Peysek.
The case for intelligence – former intelligence officials say
Lubomir Ch. passed the test on the “Secret” level – the second highest in the Czech Republic. The specialists whom Aktuálně.cz consulted, consider his employment in the Ministry of Defense to be a safety risk. In short, it can facilitate the penetration of the Ministry of Defense network.
“Such an obvious person should not work in such a place”, says Ivan Gabal, a former deputy of the House of Representatives and a security specialist. “If this is not a hidden agent of Military Intelligence, introduced into their community, then he is crazy, a madman who should be sent immediately to a psychiatrist. Such a person should know that such things cannot be said and that it will be revealed”, Gabal wonders that Lubomir Ch. so openly expresses his thoughts.
Former head of civil intelligence Karel Radak considers Lubomir’s employment in the Ministry of Defense “an undeniable risk to security”. In his opinion, the military Intelligence should act in this case.
The former head of intelligence, the Social Democrat Senator Frantisek Bublan also believes that the Czech authorities should immediately strip Lubomir Ch. of security access. “This is a safety risk, especially if he works in such a place”, he adds.
Translated by Andrii Gryganskyi, edited by Svitlana Kemblowski