Disinfo: Lithuanian charges against the soviet soldiers in the January 13th case are trumped up

Summary

Vilnius has started court proceedings against the soviet soldiers, who in 1991 were trying to disperse the crowds that were attacking the TV tower. The charges are trumped up.

The experts have determined that people died from sniper-fire and hunting rifles, but the soviet soldiers had no equipment like that. To this day it is not clear who fired the shots upon the protesting crowd. There was a third party involved. Lithuanians fired on their own people. It was the first example of a colour revolution.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the events of January 13th, 1991 in Vilnius, when the Soviet forces attempted to crush the re-established independence of Lithuania, killing 14 civilians.For previous cases see here.

Lithuania proclaimed independence in March 1990. Moscow tried to foil the secession with an economic blockade. When that proved ineffective, Soviet troops still garrisoned in the capital Vilnius attacked its TV broadcast tower and sole TV station, killing civilians standing as human shields there. The events of the January 13th, 1991, and the offences committed by the USSR troops have been extensively documented.  See also BBC reporting from 1991.

On the 27 of March, 2019 the regional court in Vilnius found Dmitry Yazov, former Soviet defence minister, and more than 60 other former Soviet officers guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity for their involvement in Soviet aggression in Lithuania on January 13, 1991.

The disinformation message is also consistent with the pro-Kremlin narrative about the colour revolutions staged by the West.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 143
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Lithuania
  • Keywords: January 13, Provocation, Colour revolutions
  • Outlet: Itogi Nedeli @ NTV (37:28 - 44:00)
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