The Baltic Way or Baltic Chain

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23. August 1989

On August 23, 1989, on the 50th anniversary the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the joint action of the People's Front of the Baltic States was organized, and as a result 2 million people created a 600 km long human chain from Tallinn to Vilnius. The goal of the action was to draw attention to the fact that the consequences of the criminal pact were still in force and the Baltic nations had lost their independence.

The event called the Baltic Way drew a lot of attention all over the world and made Moscow very nervous. On August 27, the Central Committee of the CPSU declared the situation in the Baltics disconcerting and expressed serious concern for the activities of the "nationalists". No repressions followed and on December 24 same year, the congress of the representatives of the nations of the Soviet Union decided to condemn the secret protocols of the MRP and declare them void from the moment the document has been signed.
Baltic Way was added to the UNESCO world memory list in 2009 as an unique event.

Source: Eesti ajalugu: kronoloogia. 2007.

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