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Chronicle 1988

  • January

    • 1988

      4 January

      For the first time in the Soviet Union, there is detailed reporting on an ecological catastrophe: the Soviet magazine "Ogoniok" reports that excessively large hydraulic engineering projects have caused the water level of the Aral Sea to sink so dramatically over the past decades that large tracts of land are now barren and salty.
    • 1988

      4 January

      Since the start of the year, passports are being issued in Hungary with which Hungarian citizens can travel to the West without a visa.
    • 1988

      12 January

      During a state visit to Poland, West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher meets with the leader of the banned Polish union "Solidarity", Lech Walesa. He promises the Polish dissident movement the support of the West German government.
    • 1988

      15 January

      The "Foundation for the Survival and Development of Humankind" is founded in Moscow, the first independent institution in the Soviet Union.
    • 1988

      17 January

      During the annual demonstration in East Berlin commemorating the two socialist leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were murdered in 1919, more than 150 dissidents and people applying for permission to emigrate are arrested by the Ministry for Security. They have joined the demonstration march bearing their own placards with the Luxemburg quote: "Freedom is always the freedom of the one who thinks differently." more
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