The Gratias Agit Award – The Magnificent Eight from Red Square 1968
Added: June 8, 2018
On 25 August 1968, linguist Konstantin Babicky, poet Vadim Delaunay, worker Vladimir Dremlyuga, English Studies expert Viktor Fainberg, poet and translator Natalya Gorbanevskaya, physicist Pavel Litvinov, linguist Larisa Bogoraz and student Tatyana Baeva came together to protest on Moscow’s Red Square against the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops led by the Soviet Union. Within a few minutes the demonstrators were set upon and arrested. The Czechoslovak flag was destroyed and their banners confiscated. The detainees were sentenced to jail terms of several years, spells in labour camps or psychiatric clinics or internal exile… In connection with the presentation of the Gratias agit award by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, participants Pavel Litvinov, Tatyana Baeva and Viktor Fainberg have accepted invitations to the Václav Havel Library.