Disinfo: American Fascists and local collaborators used the events on January 13, 1991, in Vilnius to destroy USSR


The events on January 13, 1991, in Vilnius, were a provocation against the Soviet army. Protesters, used in the provocations, were drunk.

Behind provocateurs were outside aggressors, this means American Fascists and local collaborators in Kremlin and Lithuania.

Events in Vilnius were a repetition of events in August 1991 in Moscow (Putsch) but in Vilnius, all scripts of the provocations failed. Only the script of snipers was successful. The snipers on the roofs of buildings killed six people. The snipers were organised criminals. The head of the Defence Department (of Lithuania) Audrius Butkevicius later boasted how it was organised. All was done with the consent of Gorbachev and Jelcin to destroy the USSR.


Prominent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about events on January 13, 1991, in Vilnius, including disinformaton that all events were inspired by outside (the US) and inner (Gorbachev, Jelcin) forces to destroy the USSR.

On January 13th Lithuania commemorates the night in 1991 when Soviet forces attempted to crush the re-established independence, killing 14 civilians. Lithuania proclaimed independence on March 11, 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.

The events of 1991, including Putsch in August in Moscow, were fatal for the Soviet Union but all of it was the consequence of inner political processes inside of the USSR.

Disinformation about events on January 13, 1991 can also be seen in the following cases: Lithuanian judges broke the law in the case of January 13th; On January 13th, 1991, people died in Vilnius at the hands of they own forces; Unknown shooters killed 14 people in Vilnius, on January 13, 1991.


  • Reported in: Issue 226
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: USSR, Russia, Lithuania, US
  • Keywords: January 13, Mikhail Gorbachev, USSR


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