Miloslav Ransdorf

Miloslav Ransdorf dies

The MEP has recently been caught up in a scandal in Switzerland

Czech Member of European Parliament Miloslav Ransdorf (Communists, KSČM) has died Jan. 22 at the age of 62, reportedly of a stroke. The information was confirmed by source in the Communist Party.

Earlier in the day he had been rushed to the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM) unconscious, as was confirmed by the hospital and his assistant.

Ransdorf reportedly had been suffering from diabetes, but it is not known yet if that was a contributing factor.

Recently Ransdorf had been caught up in a scandal involving an attempt to help someone get money out of Swiss bank. The person had previously been convicted of fraud.

He had previously been in trouble over four traffic accidents and a controversy involving forged paintings.

In the European Parliament he was part of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) political group. He was an MEP since 2004. He served on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy in the EP.

Before that he was a member of the Czech Chamber of Deputies from 1996 to 2004.
He has also been in the Czechoslovak Federal Assembly from 1990 to the end of 1992, when the country split.

“I express my sincere condolences to his family and friends. Although I have disagreed on a number of issues with Mr Ransdorf, I respected him as a very educated man and as a politician with a broad outlook,” Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, ČSSD) said in a statement.
Ransdorf leaves behind a wife and daughter.

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