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November 4, 1989 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Parliament of the Soviet republic of Lithuania enacted legislation Friday intended to permit a referendum on independence from the Soviet Union. The new law permits the Parliament to call a referendum on major issues, including self-determination. A referendum must also be held if demanded by petitions signed by more than 300,000 people.
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September 12, 1991 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK and TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Battered by a storm of international criticism as it re-emerges as an independent country, Lithuania's government Wednesday strongly denied charges that it is deliberately clearing many of its citizens of complicity in Nazi war crimes against Jews. A leading American Jewish organization, however, reaffirmed earlier assertions that it held proof of at least two such rehabilitations and expects to receive evidence soon that more than 100 Nazi war criminals have been cleared of wrongdoing.
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July 9, 1989
The Soviet Lithuanian Parliament passed a law that goes a step beyond national legislation in giving land back to farmers after decades of collectivization, the Lithuanian Communist Party daily Sovietskaya Litva reported. The law, which goes into effect Aug. 1, would--without charge--give farmers the land they now farm with the right to pass it on to heirs, the paper said.
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September 11, 1991 | From Reuters
This nation on Tuesday proposed working with Israel to ensure that criminals who took part in the World War II massacre of 200,000 Jews in Lithuania are not rehabilitated. The Vilnius government, which recently won independence from Moscow, has been angered by U.S. reports that war criminals are being exonerated wholesale through its program to rehabilitate people condemned for resisting Nazi occupation or Soviet rule. But the government admitted that mistakes may have been made.
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March 13, 1990 | ESTHER SCHRADER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The day after they declared independence in Lithuania, it was rainy and cold, and for most people nothing much had changed. The night before, as the independence-minded legislature of the Baltic republic boldly severed Lithuania's ties to the Soviet Union, there were parties and demonstrations and crowds of people tearing Soviet emblems off state buildings.
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May 17, 1990 | From Associated Press
Lithuania's Parliament offered Wednesday to suspend laws it has enacted since declaring the republic's independence if the Kremlin agrees to negotiate. The resolution adopted by the Lithuanian Supreme Council is aimed at breaking Lithuania's impasse with Moscow, but council spokeswoman Rita Dapkus said it does not involve rescinding the republic's March 11 declaration of independence itself as the Kremlin has demanded. She said the offer will be delivered to President Mikhail S. Gorbachev today.
NEWS
September 11, 1991 | From Reuters
This nation on Tuesday proposed working with Israel to ensure that criminals who took part in the World War II massacre of 200,000 Jews in Lithuania are not rehabilitated. The Vilnius government, which recently won independence from Moscow, has been angered by U.S. reports that war criminals are being exonerated wholesale through its program to rehabilitate people condemned for resisting Nazi occupation or Soviet rule. But the government admitted that mistakes may have been made.
NEWS
September 12, 1991 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK and TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Battered by a storm of international criticism as it re-emerges as an independent country, Lithuania's government Wednesday strongly denied charges that it is deliberately clearing many of its citizens of complicity in Nazi war crimes against Jews. A leading American Jewish organization, however, reaffirmed earlier assertions that it held proof of at least two such rehabilitations and expects to receive evidence soon that more than 100 Nazi war criminals have been cleared of wrongdoing.
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April 28, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Lithuanian leaders said Friday that they are willing to consider changes in three laws which Soviet Prime Minister Nikolai I. Ryzhkov has said must be revoked before Moscow will talk to the rebel republic. But despite a grinding economic blockade imposed by the Kremlin, the Lithuanians said they would not meet Moscow's demand that they rescind their March 11 declaration of independence.
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November 3, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
The parliament in the Soviet Baltic republic of Lithuania passed laws today allowing for a referendum on independence from the Soviet Union and establishing separate Lithuanian citizenship. The laws passed by the Supreme Soviet assembly are the latest step within Lithuania and its sister Baltic republics of Estonia and Latvia to distance themselves from Moscow.
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May 17, 1990 | From Associated Press
Lithuania's Parliament offered Wednesday to suspend laws it has enacted since declaring the republic's independence if the Kremlin agrees to negotiate. The resolution adopted by the Lithuanian Supreme Council is aimed at breaking Lithuania's impasse with Moscow, but council spokeswoman Rita Dapkus said it does not involve rescinding the republic's March 11 declaration of independence itself as the Kremlin has demanded. She said the offer will be delivered to President Mikhail S. Gorbachev today.
NEWS
April 28, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Lithuanian leaders said Friday that they are willing to consider changes in three laws which Soviet Prime Minister Nikolai I. Ryzhkov has said must be revoked before Moscow will talk to the rebel republic. But despite a grinding economic blockade imposed by the Kremlin, the Lithuanians said they would not meet Moscow's demand that they rescind their March 11 declaration of independence.
NEWS
March 13, 1990 | ESTHER SCHRADER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The day after they declared independence in Lithuania, it was rainy and cold, and for most people nothing much had changed. The night before, as the independence-minded legislature of the Baltic republic boldly severed Lithuania's ties to the Soviet Union, there were parties and demonstrations and crowds of people tearing Soviet emblems off state buildings.
NEWS
November 4, 1989 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Parliament of the Soviet republic of Lithuania enacted legislation Friday intended to permit a referendum on independence from the Soviet Union. The new law permits the Parliament to call a referendum on major issues, including self-determination. A referendum must also be held if demanded by petitions signed by more than 300,000 people.
NEWS
July 9, 1989
The Soviet Lithuanian Parliament passed a law that goes a step beyond national legislation in giving land back to farmers after decades of collectivization, the Lithuanian Communist Party daily Sovietskaya Litva reported. The law, which goes into effect Aug. 1, would--without charge--give farmers the land they now farm with the right to pass it on to heirs, the paper said.
NEWS
May 3, 1990 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lithuania, bitten hard by Soviet sanctions that forced rationing of some foodstuffs beginning this week, made a new bid Wednesday to end the crisis through negotiations, calling on Western countries to serve as its intermediaries with the Kremlin.
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July 9, 1990 | ESTHER SCHRADER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a shabby building in the ancient quarter of the Lithuanian capital, Jewish children are learning Hebrew these days, and a state-funded Yiddish theater next door is rehearsing a play about the Vilnius ghetto, where an estimated 100,000 Jews died at the hands of Nazi Germany during World War II. But the class is not well attended, the theater group is tiny, and in dark apartments throughout the city, hundreds of Jews sit amid packing crates awaiting their turn to leave for Israel.
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