Over the course of 2012, 223 Czechs were given the status of freedom fighters who had fought against the former Communist regime, making them eligible for compensation equaling a total of 15.2 million crowns, with surviving relatives getting a total of 900,000. It has been a year since legislation recognising those who fought against totalitarian rule went into place. Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra said on Friday that the ministry had received 3,714 requests for recognition of which 424 so far had been rejected. The minister said that those who risked their lives and their health to fight against the regime, deserved the gratitude of many. Freedom fighters, active largely following the communist takeover of Czechoslovakia took numerous anti-regime steps including the publication and distribution of illegal pamphlets, magazines, and literature known as samizdat.
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