The server got some interesting information this week iRozhlas.cz. According to his findings, the FTX Foundation sent 107 million crowns to the Czech Republic for the purchase and operation of a chateau in Hostačov, a small village in the Havlíčkobrod region. This happened just four months before the FTX crash.
The castle was bought by Irena Kotíková, respectively the association European Summer Program on Rationality. Mrs. Kotíková claims that she applied to FTX for a grant for an international education center and simply received it. On the first attempt. So far, she says she is not afraid that the collapse of FTX could also affect her project at the castle, but she is ready to return the money if she is called upon to do so.
The purchase was handled by Irena Kotíková who was a chairperson at the Czech Association for Effective Altruism. While she seems like a wonderful person I would urge her and ESPR, in light of recent information, to return the money. We already have a controversial estate purchase and it seems SBF admitted to fraud in this interview. He admitted to knowingly commingling funds in a way that directly violates the terms of service, and he admitted that was their general business practice. I don't think we should profit off this.
I also couldn't find this chateau on any website:
[EDIT removed addresses at request of Irena. The larger point is that the addresses on the websites of ESPR, The Czech Association for Effective Altruisms and EA Prague don't include this chateau.]
I also couldn't find it on LW, this forum or on the facebook page.
Given the recent controversy surrounding a lack of purchasing transparency, I think that going forward purchases of this size should be disclosed on the website/forum.