Remembering Prague Spring

Human Rights Commissioner, Vladimir Lukin

1937 - Born in Omsk
1959 - Graduates, history faculty, State Pedagogical Institute, Moscow
1960 - Scholar, Moscow State Museum of History
1961 - Receives Ph.D., Institute of World Economy and International Relations, USSR Academy of Sciences
1987 - Head, South East Asia and Pacific department, Foreign Ministry
1989 - Head, Chair of department for evaluating and planning, Foreign Ministry
1990 - Head, Foreign Affairs Committee, Soviet Parliament
1992 - Russian ambassador to United States
1992 - Supervisor, Russian Federation in the Pan-American Organisation
1993 - Head, electoral union “Yabloko”
1995 - State Duma Deputy
2004 - Human rights commissioner of the Russian Federation

Today we will talk about the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. On August 21, 1968, the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies invaded the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic in order to change the political course of the country. As a result of the intervention the policies of liberalisation, known as the Prague Spring, was brought to a halt. The international prestige of the Soviet Union in its turn was dealt a severe blow.