Twenty years ago Lithuania paid a heavy price for having become the first rebellious and breakaway republic in the former Soviet Union. The kiss of death to the dying empire, the real coup de grace dealt by a small country to the last colonial empire in Europe, albeit disguised as a legitimate heir to the ideals of the Enlightenment and also as a trailblazer to the Left in the world, signified the arrival of the new epoch.In terms of legitimacy and the rule of law, Lithuania restored its independence on March 11, 1990. The Supreme Council of the then Soviet Lithuania, by proclaiming...
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