Throughout the Soviet occupation, most Estonians never forgot their country's independence declaration of Feb. 24, 1918. In 1989, they remembered the anniversary in a manner that shook the U.S.S.R.'s crumbling foundations, as Tricia Cornell reports.Ten years ago, 900,000 Estonians took a bold step. They registered as citizens of a country that no longer existed on any map but was still recognized by the West The thinking was simple: If Estonia had never ceased to exist as a sovereign state, then Estonians and their descendants continued to hold Estonian citizenship. Since every state must k...
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