Petra Procházková

Petra Prochazkova (1964) is a Czech journalist who spent many years in Russia, first as a war correspondent and later as a humanitarian.

The Death of a Hockey Player vs that of a Postwoman

What a brouhaha! It took a hockey team tragedy for [Russian] parliamentarians’’ big bellies to heave with emotion and to haul transport minister Levitin over the coals. I’’ve never seen MPs shed so many tears. Not even last April’’s crash near Smolensk, of the TU-154 aircraft carrying the entire Polish leadership including President Lech Kaczynski, brought tears to the eyes of so many grown men. By then I had already started wondering whether the scale of a disaster could be measured by the number of VIP casualties. The sight of a plane crashing with young, famous sportsmen on board is […]