Sajudis

Vytautas Landsbergis: Lithuania Under Communism Vytautas Landsbergis: Lithuania Under Communism

The feeling was very much depressing, and oppressive, and depressing with such outbreaks of hope as a revolution in Hungary, events in Poland, strikes and confrontation between the Polish workers with the communist regime. [The anti-communist Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was brutally suppressed by Soviet military force. Strikes and demonstrations in Poland occurred sporadically through…

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Vytautas Landsbergis: The Restoration of Lithuanian Independence Vytautas Landsbergis: The Restoration of Lithuanian Independence

The spirit of the strive for freedom prevailed. And when the situation became different, due to failures and bankruptcy of Soviet Union in the ’80s of the last century — the liberation movements appeared or had been established in the three Baltic countries. Which never recognized or understood themselves as part of Soviet Union or…

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Vytautas Landsbergis: Breaking with Moscow Vytautas Landsbergis: Breaking with Moscow

The first movement of newly established or elected leadership of Sajudis [Sajudis, meaning “movement” in Lithuanian, was a civil society organization formed in 1988 to advocate the restoration of the country’s independence from the USSR.] with Communist– local Communist party leadership in Vilnius [the capital of Lithuania], they [the Communists] went with a proposal that…

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