TALLINN/RIGA/VIL-NIUS - Fittingly for a day that commemorates both a tragic event and a joyful one, Aug. 23 this year was marked across the Baltics with tears and laughter, speeches and songs, wreath layings and rock concerts. The very diversity of the events might be the best indicator of how much progress Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have made since regaining independence.Aug. 23 first entered history as the date in 1939 when the foreign ministers of the U.S.S.R. and Nazi Germany signed a pact dividing Central Europe between them. This made possible the Soviet occupation of the Baltics t...
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