A retired communist politician Miloš Jakeš was born on 12 August 1922 in a small village near České Budějovice to a poor family.
He joined the Communist Party soon after the Second World War and started his rise within the party. In 1958, he obtained his degree at the Moscow’s Party’s Higher College and after his return his rise continued without any interruptions. He was one of the initiators of the purges in the name of normalization after the Soviet invasion to Czechoslovakia in August 1968.
He became the First Secretary of the Communist Party in 1987 after the expulsion of Gustáv Husák from the function. He remained in the position until the Velvet revolution in 1989.
Jakeš became a target of many jokes and humiliation after his famous speech addressed to local party workers in Červený Hrádek close to Plzeň. Now he lives in Prague as an ordinary pensioner and he also used to be a common guest at the present-day Communist Party gatherings.