Lithuania Declares Independence

11 March 1990: Lithuania declares independence from the USSR | en.15min.ltPeople holding vigils in front of the Supreme Soviet Court waiting for the restoration of Lithuania´s independence. Photo by P. Lileikis (Central State Archives of Lithuania). Source: 15min.


Occupied by the Soviet Union since June 1940, Lithuania proclaimed its independence on 11 March 1990, signed by all members of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania, led by Sąjūdis, whose leader was Vytautas Landsbergis. It was  the first of several Soviet states to declare independence


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