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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1990
Why did Mikhail Gorbachev send Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze to celebrate Namibia's independence (Part A, March 21), but tanks and jets to buzz the borders of Lithuania after it re-declared its independence? ONA KARALIUS Beverly Hills
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December 27, 1997 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Juozas Aleksejunas unlocked the door of the cold, concrete cell and stepped carefully inside. More than 50 years ago, as a young Lithuanian independence fighter, he spent three freezing days in solitary confinement in the little room. Now he has a job showing the cell to visitors--along with rest of the brutal KGB jail where he was held for two months before spending 18 years in a Soviet labor camp.
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OPINION
February 24, 1991
Thank you, John-Thor Dahlburg and Michael Parks, for your on-the-spot reporting from Lithuania. Since the crackdown of Soviet troops against unarmed civilians on Jan. 12-13, no mail from relatives has reached me. The reports by these Times staff writers have opened a little crack in the still existing Iron Curtain. BIRUTE PRASAUSKAS Lomita
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February 10, 1991 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Overwhelmingly rejecting President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's authority and his blueprint for a "common Soviet home," more than 2 million Lithuanians streamed to the polls on Saturday to confirm their will to be independent. "The great majority of people in Lithuania no longer have any fear, and once again they have expressed their determination to the world," Vytautas Landsbergis, the Baltic republic's president, declared. "They have said . . .
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June 14, 1990 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lithuanian Prime Minister Kazimiera Prunskiene said after meeting with Kremlin leaders here on Wednesday that the Soviet government is relaxing its two-month economic blockade of the Baltic republic, a step she said should lead to negotiations on its independence.
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May 25, 1990 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mikhail S. Gorbachev, in an unexpected and major attempt at reconciliation with Lithuania, assured its representatives Thursday that their homeland could become independent in two or three years with his blessing if it bows to his demands now, Lithuanian sources said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1990
It is not easy to be both prudent and principled in the pursuit of foreign policy. So far, however, President Bush has struck that balance on the question of Lithuanian independence. At the moment, the beneficiaries of his success appear to be the American and Soviet people; ultimately, the Lithuanians, too, will profit.
NEWS
April 27, 1990 | From Associated Press
Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis said Thursday that he will carefully study a proposal from France and West Germany that the Baltic republic temporarily suspend its independence drive. The letter from French President Francois Mitterrand and West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, delivered to Lithuanian representatives in Moscow, said such a suspension could lead to talks with the Kremlin "so that the current crisis ends in a solution acceptable to all parties."
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