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Lithuania marks on Tuesday 27 years since the death of Artūras Sakalauskas, a volunteer soldier who was killed in a clash with Soviet troops outside the parliament building in August 1991, thus becoming the last victim of the Soviet occupation.
January 1991 in Vilnius
January 1991 in Vilnius
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Genovaitė Sakalauskienė, the mother of Sakalauskas, signatories to Lithuania's March 1990 independence declaration and members of the Seimas are expected to attend Tuesday's commemoration ceremony at a memorial stone marking the place where he was killed.

Another two Lithuanian volunteers were injured in the clash with troops from a special Soviet army unit who staged a provocation outside the Seimas building in Vilnius on August 21, 1991, the day when the coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev collapsed.

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