Bloody sunday: What did Gorbachev know about the January 1991 events in Vilnius and Riga?

A. Lasas

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In January 1991 Soviet troops conducted several military operations in Vilnius and Riga aimed at subduing the renegade Baltic republics. In the aftermath of these events, nearly 20 civilians died and dozens were injured. To this day, Mikhail Gorbachev, president of the Soviet Union at that time, denies knowing or approving of these operations. This article reexamines his claims of innocence and finds convincing evidence to the contrary: most likely, he did not order the deaths of innocent people, but he embraced the solution that led to this outcome.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-194
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Baltic Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2007


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