Czech Prime Minister explained why his son in 2017 appeared in Russia

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy in photobacteria-Minister of the Czech Republic Andrew Babish. Archival photoCzech Prime Minister explained why his son in 2017 appeared in Russia© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy the image Bank

The son of Czech Prime Minister Andrew Babish was in 2017 along with a companion, a citizen of Russia Petr Protopopov, Kaliningrad, Moscow, the Crimea and Krivoy Rog voluntarily to rest there from the attacks of Czech journalists, said Babish on Sunday evening in an interview Nová.

A video interview with living in Switzerland the son of a Babish was published in the beginning of this week’s Prague portal Seznam. In it the son of the Prime Minister reported that the father allegedly tried to hide him from the police investigation and arranged for his abduction and transportation to the Crimea.

According to him, after his son, who earlier worked as a pilot transport aircraft, discovered in 2015, the symptoms of schizophrenia, its treatment involved a Czech doctor Alena Protopopov, and her husband, Peter Protopopov, a Russian citizen, took custody of his son and accompanied him on trips.

«To at least temporarily relieve my son from the attacks of journalists associated with the case firm «stork’s Nest», Dr. Protopopov proposed to take him outside the Czech Republic. Along with her husband and son went to Russia because Mr. Protopopov doesn’t have a visa EU. They were 14 days in Kaliningrad. Then visited Moscow, went to the Crimea. My son met a girl, a Ukrainian, went with her in Krivoy Rog, where she lives with her parents,» — said the Prime Minister.

In Krivoy Rog Protopopov left of Babish Jr. and temporarily returned to Prague. Soon the son of the Prime Minister for some reason has bothered to be in Ukraine, and he wrote a message to the Czech police that he allegedly kidnapped and reported his location and then went to Bratislava, and then in Geneva, explained the situation the then Prime Minister. Earlier the police said that the proceedings by the message of son of Babish has not confirmed that he was kidnapped.

The reporters of the portal Seznam, by their own admission, nine months looking for the whereabouts of Babish Jr., until finally, in late October this year, found him in Switzerland. This was followed by their trip to Geneva and was recorded on video the conversation with the son of the Prime Minister, after which the situation around Babish Sr. and the related case of the firm «stork’s Nest» has inflamed with new force.


In January the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic and leader of the ruling movement ANO and billionaires Andrew Babish, was stripped of parliamentary immunity in connection with the investigation against him as the head of the largest Eastern European corporations Agrofert. We are talking about suspicion of illegally obtaining EU grants of about 2 million euros for the company «stork’s Nest», which was part of the Corporation, but then had to isolate from her. The company received euroconseil as a small firm, and then was once again included in Agrofert. Babish in Parliament said that the firm «stork’s Nest» at the time of receiving EU grants belonged to his two adult children, son and daughter from his first marriage.

On Friday, representatives of the police of Prague, said reopened the investigation at the request of Babish Jr. about his alleged abduction in Crimea, but they can’t get in touch with him. In turn, the Prime Minister said that he was in contact with his son and on Saturday and Sunday visited him in Geneva.

On Saturday in the Czech Republic marked another anniversary of the anticommunist «velvet revolution» of 1989. Almost all meetings held in most cities of the Republic, the main theme, in addition to the anniversary of the revolution, there was a demand for the resignation of Babish.

This Friday the Czech Parliament at the request of the opposition will consider the resignation of the government headed by Babish.