Pedestrians walk through a snow covered park as temperatures hover around zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit), Vilnius, Lithuania. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
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Lithuania Wednesday launched the trial of 65 former Soviet officials over a deadly 1991 crackdown by Moscow during he Baltic state's independence drive.Lithuanian prosecutors also sought to question ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev as a witness, but Moscow refused to cooperate with the case.Soviet troops entered the capital Vilnius to bring Lithuania to heel after its 1990 secession from the Soviet Union following five decades under Moscow's thumb as a republic of the USSR.Lithuania has been seeking justice for the crackdown's victims ever since the Baltic state won recognition as an independent nation in September 1991 .Six Soviet-era Lithuanian officials were convicted and jailed in the 1990s for their role.
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