independence

Today Lithuania celebrates the 24th anniversary of its declaration of independence on March 11 1990 – the first former Soviet republic to take such a step – after decades of Soviet rule. Yet this declared independence did not become reality until September 1991. First a violent Soviet crackdown killed 14 people in January 1991 and a propaganda war hit the airwaves with distinct echoes of Moscow’s current efforts to justify its seizure of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.