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.” […]

A photo from the January 13 events

Huge trial over January 13th events in Vilnius will spill over into court hallway

On Wednesday, a Vilnius court will open hearings into the case surrounding the 13 January 1991 attempted coup, which is one of the biggest trials in Lithuania’s history in terms of the size and the number of suspects. […]