Relatives and friends of the other seven activists joined Pavel Litvinov to remember the event, which for them was shameful.
“There was a feeling of incredible suffering,” Litvinov told journalists, “my heart was crushed from the feeling that, on my behalf, my big country was attacking a small neighbour, because they wanted to live their own way.”
It was on August 20, 1968, that Soviet-led tanks and troops invaded Czechoslovakia in objection to what was called the Prague Spring. That was the name given to a period of political liberalisation introduced by Alexander Dubcek, the First Secretary of the Czech Communist Party.
The freedoms granted included easing restrictions on the media, speech and travel – all things that terrified Moscow.
The result was more than 20 years of occupation by the Soviet Union who only withdrew only after the anti-communist 1989 Velvet Revolution.
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