Saturday, 21 August 2010
On this day: 21 August 1968, Russian Soldiers in Prague
On August 21, 1968, the Soviet Union along with four other states of the Socialist camp – Bulgaria, Hungary, the German Democratic Republic, and Poland – brought troops into Czechoslovakia, triumphantly ending the streak of the Czechoslovak struggle for independence, which went down in history as the Prague spring.
Once in the office, the newly elected in January of 1968, the First Secretary of the Czechoslovak Communist Party Aleksandr Dubcek formed a progressive government, which laid a course for perestroika and glasnost, introducing freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Without changing the core values of socialism, he made an attempt to build “socialism with a human face.” Tolerant at first, gradually, the Soviet government started having concerns as to how far Dubcek would go with his reforms. They feared, that should Dubcek pursue such democratized interior policy, Czechoslovakia’s dependence on Moscow would weaken, simultaneously jeopardizing the loyalty of other member states of the Socialist camp...