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70th anniversary of the massive deportations by the Soviet Russia

70 years ago operation „Priboi“ (“Coastal Surf”) was launched by the communist government of the Soviet Union. It was the code name for the Soviet mass deportation from the Baltic States on 25–28 March 1949. The deportations are also called March deportation. More than 92 000 innocent people were violently deported from occupied Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to Siberia, with additional deportations the number of deported people was almost almost 100 000. A huge part of them were were children and elderly.


People were deported to remote areas of the Soviet Union, mainly to Kazakhstan and Siberia.   

In the summer of 1940 the Soviet Union occupied Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as a result of the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact signed between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union on 23 August 1939.