Baltic protest in the Gorbachev Era: Movement content and dynamics

  title={Baltic protest in the Gorbachev Era: Movement content and dynamics},
  author={Jay Ulfelder},
  journal={Global Review of Ethnopolitics},
  pages={23 - 43}
  • Jay Ulfelder
  • Published 1 March 2004
  • Economics
  • Global Review of Ethnopolitics
Introduction In August 1984, a Soviet court sentenced 16-year-old Latvian schoolboy Janis Lauska to five years in a labor camp for his purported membership in an underground nationalist youth group. In August 1989, as many as 2 million residents of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia took part in the Baltic Way, forming a human chain that stretched unbroken across hundreds of kilometers and passed through the three republics' capital cities as a demonstration of support for Baltic independence. 

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