Hi Georgina, It’s a good thought, very timely, as you say. There are three mentions in the text of the Czechoslovak regime :
'...dangerous covert resistance against the hard-line regime.'
'...kind of tyranny that has clouded her family’s life'
'...dramatises accelerating protest against a brutal and desperate regime.'
You’re probably imagining making at least one more concrete. In Czechoslovakia, the relevant bully incident is, of course, the Warsaw Pact invasion of ’68. I can’t use the phrase ‘a puppet regime’ because there were hard-line Czechs and Slovaks in the Czechoslovak politburo, and one Slovak is reputed to have written to Brezhnev requesting ‘brotherly assistance’. I could say ‘dangerous covert resistance against the hard-line regime installed after the ‘brotherly assistance’ of the Warsaw Pact invasion.
If you come back on, I'd be interested to know whether this is the kind of thing you were thinking of. In any case, many thanks.