Straightforward articles about crimes and human rights abuses that the Soviet government tried to hide as much as they could, while at the same time expressing a relentlessly strong sense of hope…
All this (and much more) can be seen at the exhibition
“The Road to Freedom:
Independent publications in occupied Lithuania and abroad “
One of the most important elements in defending the human rights movement was providing information to the Western public about the arrests of Soviet political prisoners and the struggle for freedom, by means of independent publications such as newspapers, documents, photographs and videos.
The exhibition “The Road to Freedom. Independent publications in occupied Lithuania and abroad“ provides the public with the opportunity to get acquainted with such self-published publications (in Russian: „samizdat“) and to see previously unseen independent press models from the time of the Soviet Union.
Part of the exhibits of the exhibition were collected by Petras Vaitiekūnas (b. 1953) - a Lithuanian physicist who actively participated in the activities of the Sąjūdis, one of the Signatories of the Act of Independence of the Republic of Lithuania on March 11, 1991. He later became a member of the Lithuanian Parliament, was a diplomat and ambassador to several countries and also a Minister of Foreign Affairs (2004–2006). During the late 1980s, P. Vaitiekūnas organized the printing of hundreds of independent publications from all over the USSR, from as far away as South Sakhalin.