"The farse of Soviet elections" Grutas Things to Do Tip by matcrazy1
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There is a part of the Grutas Park Museum which discloses the farse of Soviet elections. I was standing there long time reading (in English) a lot of very interesting information on the subcject and Lithuanian Partisans' Actions against Soviet elections - look at the picture shared by them that time.
I can't forget so called "elections" (to Polish parliament and to local authorities) in my country in 70' and 80' with over 98% of votes for communists and very high voter turnout (over 95%). There were no other candidates but communist till great election on 4th July 1989 (my first!) when "only" 35% of places in parliament were reserved for communists the rest was chosen really free, for the first time for over 50 years. Despite huge propaganda of almost 100% communist mass media, people didn't vote for any (even 1) communist haha - the first non-communist parliament in Eastern Europe was chosen that day. The first non-communist government was chosen by that parliament 3 months later... Changes started... :-)))
Despite huge communist propaganda, many Poles didn't go to vote in elections at the end of 80'. Never mind, voter turnout had to be over 95% or so and surely it was!
Simply: all elections under Soviet occupation organized by the Communist Party were illegal, antidemocratic, fictitious, forced and criminal in their character. In Lithuania, people agitating to vote against or not voting for communist at all, were regarded as enemies of the Soviet system. They sustained or could sustain repressions. Just one example from my brother's life (in Poland): in late 80' students of law who didn't come to vote (majority!) were interviewed by University authorities why and they were forced to show justification of their "wrong", anti-state behaviour. Communist authorities refused to give a passport to some of them, or later they didn't give them a permission to become prosecutors or judges as they had "wrong" outlook on life.
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