The charges centre on a 50-million-koruna (2 million euros) subsidy granted to the Capi hnizdo (Stork's Nest) leisure resort, which sits around 50km south of Prague, in 2007. Police suspect that Babis hid Agrofert's ownership of the resort in order to access the subsidy, for which only small companies were eligible.
Prime Minister Andrej Babis announced during a shocking press conference that the Czech security services have clear evidence of the involvement of GRU's specialised 29155 unit, which is believed to be tasked with sabotage, subversion and assassination, in the explosion. Prague will expel 18 embassy staff who it says are members of the Russian secret services.
The Czech Republic is expelling 18 Russian diplomats over suspicions that Russian intelligence services were involved in an ammunition depot explosion in 2014, its government said on Saturday.
The central European country is a NATO and EU member state, and the expulsions and allegations have triggered its biggest row with Russia since the end of the communist era in 1989.
The Slovak-born Babis is well aware that a delivery of Sputnik V just helped depose the prime minister of his mother country, but he's also eyeing his rapidly dwindling popularity ahead of the Czech elections in October and the likelihood that he'll have to rely on Zeman's Machiavellian manoeuvres if he wants to head the next government.
Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Andrej Babi, arrived today to an official visit to Serbia, during which he met with the state leadership of our country.
At Belgrade's "Nikola Tesla" airport, Babis was welcomed by Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic.
The President of Serbia posted a joint photo with Babi and Ana Brnabi on his Instagram account.
By way of contrast, Chinese pressure to stop Jaroslav Kubera visiting Taiwan took a more sinister turn when the Senate president keeled over from a heart attack. When his successor, Milos Vystrcil, embarked on the trip anyway in September, Beijing hoped to similarly scare Prague with threats of retaliation.