During the coup of August 1991, Egidijus Bičkauskas, diplomatic representative of independent Lithuania in Moscow back in 1991, got an invitation from the U.S. ambassador in Moscow to hide in the U.S. embassy, but Bičkauskas rejected the American proposal because he was sure about the coming victory of Lithuania and its Russian allies. The Russia of Boris Yeltsin (who, unlike Gorbachev, was elected in a nationwide election to the post of Russia’s president) already before the coup recognized the independence of Lithuania, and even the fact of the Soviet’s illegal annexation of Lithuania in 1940, by signing the Lithuanian-Russian treaty of July 29, 1991 (it is the only treaty of Russia with a Baltic country with such condemnation of Soviet annexation and, therefore, it is the only international treaty hidden from contemporary Russian youth studying diplomacy in Moscow). The treaty was ratified by the Russian parliament soon after the failed communist coup of August 1991.
The Real History of Lithuania in the 20th Century
Number of pages: 192
Dimensions: 115 mm x 200 mm
Publisher: Lietuvos gyventojų genocido ir rezistencijos tyrimo centras
The Real History of Lithuania in the 20th Century is for those interested in the history of Lithuania. Some parts of this history are seen through the eyes of one of its witnesses, Rokas Tracevskis. Actually, this is a mixture of an academic book on history, and a book of memoirs by witnesses. There are lots of photos: the key political figures who influenced the history of Lithuania in the 20th century, the Soviet terror, the Nazi occupation, the Holocaust, post-WWII anti-Soviet guerrillas, Soviet-era deportees, Communist bosses, Soviet monuments, everyday Soviet life, the Singing Revolution, and the Soviet army attack in January 1991 – some of them are frightening, while some other photos are quite humorous or surrealistic.