The case of the January 13

Vilnius court still expects Gorbachev to testify in 1991 crackdown trial

The Vilnius Regional Court has sent three summons to former Soviet leader Gorbachev asking him to testify as a witness in a mass trial related to the bloody events of January 13, 1991 in Vilnius. […]

The case of the January 13

Gorbachev had to have known about the January 13 Vilnius assault

I read with interest the BNS October 17, 2016 article, published in the EN.DELFI by the Lithuania Tribune “Lithuanian court rules to question Gorbachev in coup trial” as my Ph.D. in history research at the University of Tartu, Estonia is on “Why the Soviet use of Coercive Force in the Baltic Republics Failed in 1990-1991 and Led to the End of the Soviet Union.” The most important part of this BNS article was not the headline of the Lithuanian court ruling to request the questioning of Gorbachev, which will never happen. Rather, the statement that “…Lithuanian prosecutors said that the available evidence did not lead to a conclusion that Gorbachev was aware of the intended military action and failed to take measures to prevent it.” […]

January 13, 1991
Foreign affairs

Russian investigation of January 1991 events in Vilnius a ‘propaganda stunt’, Linkevičius says

Russia has announced it will conduct its own investigation into the attempted coup of January 13, 1991, when Soviet armed forces organized an assault against peaceful protesters in Vilnius. The move is not conductive to effective cooperation and will be used as a propaganda tool, the Lithuanian government believes. […]

Jurijus Melas
Foreign affairs

Defendants in 13 January 1991 case plead not guilty to war crimes charges

The lawyers for the defendants in the case surrounding the bloody attempted coup of 13 January 1991 told a Lithuanian court on Monday that their clients would plead not guilty. […]