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25/02/1948 Communists take power in Czechoslovakia

Under pressure from the Czechoslovakian Communist Party, President Eduard Beneš allowed a communist-dominated government to be organized. Although the Soviet Union did not physically intervene until 1968, Western observers decried the virtually bloodless communist coup as an example of Soviet expansion into Eastern Europe.


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  • The coup 

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