Czechs, Slovaks protest Russian documentary about 1968

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Posted: Jun 01, 2015 9:21 AM

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek has summoned Russia's ambassador to complain about a documentary on the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia aired by a state-run Russian television channel.

Spokeswoman Michaela Lagronova says the minister considers the documentary "misleading." The Slovak foreign ministry followed suit and said the film "tries to rewrite history and falsify historical truth."

The documentary was aired on Rossiya-1 on May 23.

The Soviet Union-led invasion of armies from five Warsaw Pact countries crushed attempts at reforming the communist regime in Czechoslovakia that became known as the Prague Spring. The Soviet troops withdrew only after the anti-communist 1989 Velvet Revolution.

The film claims the invasion was an act of help to prevent a military coup backed by the West. Historians say that was not the case.