TRAKAI - Former Soviet dissidents used to toast “To our hopeless fight!” (There was another version: “To our hopeless affair!”) No matter how depressing and disenchanting things were, they never lost their fighting spirit and morale. Fear was mocked and despised, and rightly so as the Soviet authorities tried hard to intimidate and disunite the dissenting circles breaking human lives, ties, bonds, and careers. Optimism prevailed over despair.
I found myself thinking about this during the Vilnius Russia Forum held from March 8 through 9, 2016 in Trakai, Lithu...
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