Gustav Husak, 78, who as Communist Party leader of...

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November 19, 1991

Gustav Husak, 78, who as Communist Party leader of Czechoslovakia held it in the grip of pro-Moscow orthodoxy from Alexander Dubcek's failed "Prague Spring" of 1968 until Eastern Europe revolted against communism, died of heart, circulatory and respiratory failure yesterday in Bratislava, the capital of the Slovak republic. His political career mirrored his country's turbulent history since World War II. He died one day after the second anniversary of a student protest that sparked the "velvet revolution" and forced him to resign as president Dec. 10, 1989. He spent his last two years in seclusion.

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