“Both things came together: A whole new life for my country, and a whole new life for me,” Diana Mickevičienė tells about her youth. She was 18 years old when Lithuania declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1990. A historic moment. But the rulers in Moscow tried to forcefully quell Lithuania’s push for freedom on January 13, 1991. Mickevičienė was on the streets of Vilnius that night and had to witness Russian special forces opening fire on her fellow students.
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