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Chekhov’s Gun: The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in the Baltics

The history of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is better known today, in part thanks to international commemoration events like Black Ribbon Day. But the story of how the Baltic peoples discovered the secret protocols that prescribed their subjugation to the Soviet Union is less known. It is a story imbued with the tragic irony of Chekhov’s gun: the very document that spelled out the Soviet occupation of the Baltics also triggered the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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