On November 18,19S6, a thorough search was carried out in the apartment of Mrs. Miliūnienė, mother-in-law of Algirdas Patackas who was under arrest. The apartment is located in Kaunas, Aluntas g-ve., nr. 47. Directing the raid was KGB Major Vidzėnas. During the search, a portable typewriter was seized, together with a few copies of the article "The Essential Structural Sign of the Religion of the Baits". After the search, Mrs. Miliūnienė was taken to KGB headquarters and interrogated.
On October 10,1986, KGB staff personnel showed former political prisoner Liudas Simutis, whom they had summoned to KGB headquarters in Kaunas, Algirdas Patackas' manuscripts of the incriminating publication Lietuvos ateitis, No. 6 ( Future of Lithuania), including "A Letter to the Seminarians of Lithuania", written by Simutis, and demanded that he tell them how the letter came to be in Lietuvos ateitis. The prisoner explained that the letter was addressed also to Security Committee staff member Vidzėnas, and he did not know how the letter could have gotten from this office into an illegal publication.
On November 4, 1986, Nijolė Patackienė, wife of Algirdas Patackas, was interrogated by KGB Agent Stepučinskas. The chekist inquired whether Mrs. Patackienė was acquainted with Jūratė Banevičiūtė, Arūnas Rekašius, Liudas Simutis and Povilas Butkevičius, and how she would characterize them. She replied that she did not know the individuals mentioned. Interrogator Stepučinskas inquired whether she had seen the publications Ethos or Lietuvos ateitis. When she replied that she had not, the KGB agent showed her manuscripts of Lietuvos ateitis and asked whether she did not recognize articles written in her husband's hand. The interrogator persistently inquired about Algirdas Patackas' political views, and tried to convince Nijolė that her husband had anti-Soviet views. She tried to show that her husband never got involved in political questions. Interrogator Stepučinskas also demanded she characterize Patackas' religious views, how often he went to church, etc. Mrs. Patackas absolutely refused to answer such questions.
In November, 1986, Antanas Patackas, the father of Algirdas Patackas, was summoned four times to the KGB in Vilnius for interrogation. The last interrogation took place November 25. Antanas Patackas was interrogated by Major Vidzėnas, to whom it appears that the further prosecution of Algirdas Patackas' case has been turned over as of November. The investigator showed Patackas manuscripts of Lietuvos ateitis, demanding that he identify articles written in his son's hand. The KGB agent accused Antanas Patackas of writing articles for the underground publication Aušra (Dawn), and authorship of the books Atskiroji Lietuva (A Separate Lithuania), Lietuvių kalbos istorija (A History of the Lithuanian Language), Kun. A. Jakavonis, etc. The prisoner denied it.
On January 12,1987, Investigator Stepučinskas summoned Nijolė Patackienė, the wife of A. Patackas who had been arrested, and informed her that the case against her husband accusing him under Par. 199 of the Criminal Code was ready, and had been handed over to the court. He claimed that investigative organs had proven that Patackas had edited issue number 6 of Lietuvos ateitis (The Future of Lithuania). The investigator, anticipating the court, told Nijolė Patackienė to get her husband's things ready, since he was going to be sentenced to three years in prison.
In preparing the criminal case against Algirdas Patackas, about one hundred interrogations were carried out, and many workdays were wasted. For refusing to give the "requisite" evidence, Petras Kimbrys, staff member of the Čiurlionis Museum of Art, was relieved of his duties as scientific co-worker, effective November 1, 1986, as "not meeting the requirements" (even though Kimbrys had spent ten years in the post). As of February 1987, he had not yet obtained employment.
At the end, the Patackas case took an unexpected turn. With just a week to go before the trial, Patackas was released from the Vilnius KGB Investigative Isolation Center on February 4, 1987. By decision of Prosecutor Bakučionis, the following reason was given: "In the light of changed political conditions in the Soviet Union, Algirdas Patackas is not dangerous to the public."
On December 9,1986, Captain A. Vidzenas, Chief Investigator of the Investigation Section of the State Security Committee of the Council of Ministers of the Lithuanian S.S.R., in the presence of Edvardas Šimonis of Saulėtekio al. 35-69, Vilnius and Edmundas Mikučiauskas, of Saulėtekio al. 29-57, as public witnesses, carried out a search of the home of Vincenta Vertelkaitė of Baltarusių 10, with the purpose of seizing illegally produced literature and documents which could have a bearing on the case. The search was begun at 11:45 A.M., and ended at 8:50 P.M. During the search, Miss Vertelkaitė was ill. The search was carried out in five rooms, and other areas. Found and seized during the search were: Aušra, Nos. 31 (71), 37(77); Alma Mater 1-1979, the Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania Nos. 56,60,61,62; Lietuvos krikšto veikėjai (Those Who Played a Role in the Baptism of Lithuania); nine pamphlets; Zhizn Jezusa (in Russian); in photocopy form, 24 copies of the pamphlet "Dievo Motinos stebuklas Girkalnyje" ("The Miracle of the Mother of God at Girkalnis"); four copies of a pamphlet by A. Sabaliauskas, "Kelionėpo šventąj žemę" ("Journey in the Holy Land"); six copies of Stasys Yla's "Žvėrysiržmonės dievų miške" ("Men and Beasts in the Forest of the Gods"); fifteen copies of "12 pasokalbėjimųsumažaisiais"('Tv/clvc Talks with Little Children") by Stasys Yla; Religija be ateistinių prietarų (Religion without Atheistic Superstitions) by J. Marcinkus (483 pages); Niekšybės paslaptis (Tlie Mystery of Iniquity) by Antanas Maceina, published in Brooklyn, 1964; M.K.Čiurlionis, kūrėjas ir žmogus (M.K. Čiurlionis, the Creator and the Man) by Stasys Yla, in photocopy form, 469 pages; Mūsų praeities beieškant (In Search of Our Past) by Č. Giedgaudas; Idealas ir laikas (Ideals and the Times) by Juozas Girnius in photocopy form, 71 pages; Žmogus bė dievo (Man without God); Ethos; Baltų kultūrų ir lietuvišką savimonė (Baltic Culture and Lithuanian Self-image), one photocopy; Simas by Jurgis Gliaudą, one photocopy; "Twelve Talks with Little Children", five photocopies; a talk by Father Prosperas Bubnys; one photocopy of Poezijos pilnatis (The Fullness of Poetry); Rinktinės mintys (Selected Tlwughts) by Prunskis, one photocopy; Žodžiai ir prasmė (Words and Meanings) by Šilbajoris, one photocopy; Dievas ir žmogus (God and Man), one photocopy; 1410 metų karas su kryžiočiais irŽalgerio mūšis (The 1410 War with the Knights of the Cross and the Battle of Gruenwald), one photocopy; four copies of Niekšybės paslaptis by Maceina; a typescript of the pamphlet "Kas ta ateistinė tiesa?" ("What is this Atheistic Truth"), 1982,61 pages; Perspektyvos, no. 21; a twelve-page typescript entitled "Prelato ar teismo ir filmo nuopolis?" ("The Downfall of the Monsignor or of the Court and the Film?"); a seven-page typescript entitled "Birštono-Ol byla" ("The Birštonas -Olšauskas Case"); a fourteen-page typescript entitled "Didž. gerb. Tarybinės moteris redakcijai" ("To the Honorable Editors of Soviet Woman); a talk by Father Juozas Zdebskis, November 11, 1971, five pages; "Simo Kudirkos teismo procesas" ("The Trial of Simas Kudirka"); the statement of Sigitas Tamkevičius dated February 7,1970, etc.
When Vanda Kudukyte of Žirmūnų 81-3 and Ona Česnulevičiūtė of Signalo 3, Kaunas, came by the apartment during the search, their address books and some Christmas cards were taken from them. After the search, Vincenta Vertelkaitewas first interrogated by KGB Captain Vidzėnas, then by KGB agent Valaitis and a third time by the same Valaitis. Some books and two typewriters were returned, as well as audio cassettes.
On December 9, 1986, a search was carried out at the home of Joana Vertelkaitė, of Taikos 110-19 in Vilnius (sister of Vincenta Vertelkaitė). Looking for publications produced in Vilkaviškis, the KGB seized and never returned about 750 catechisms, three copies of Lietuvos enciklopedija Vol 15 (printed in the U.S.A.); about fifteen copies of "Pasikalbėjimaisu mažaisias apie Jėzų" ("Talks with Little Ones about Jesus"); Poezijas pilnatis (Tlie Fullness of Poetry) by Brazdžionis; Niekšybės paslaptis by Maceina, etc.
On December 9, 1986, KGB agents carried out a search at the home of Aldona Matusevičiūtė of Taikos 8-19, Vilnius. Seized during the search were: Niekšybės paslaptis, Maceina, 200 photocopies; the books Dovydaitis; M. K. Čiurlionis, kūrėjas ir žmogus; Brazdžionis' Poezijas pilnatis; between 500 and 600 photocopies of Tauta ir tautinė ištikimybė (Nation and National Loyalty) , etc.
On December 9,1986, a search was carried out at the home of Alfonsas Vinclova and his parents. An original of the book Istoki religiyi was seized at the home of Alfonsas Vinclova.
On December 16, 1986, Vilnius KGB Investigator V. M. Sokolovsky interrogated Mrs. Inetą Tamošiūniene. He asked whether she was acquainted with Gediminas Jakubčionis, since when and how she would characterize Jakubčionis. To these questions, she responded, "He is a very gifted specialist, a product of the Bauman School of Technology in Moscow, where it is unusually difficult even to get in, and he finished with a red diploma. At ENIMSE, he came up with some inventions."
The chekist was further interested in Jakubčionis' activities in the Temperence Society. He stated that Jakubčionis disseminated underground literature among members of the society. The woman under interrogation categorically denied everything. To this, Chekist Sokolovsky replied, "We know for sure that Jakubčionis used to deliver underground literature to you directly from the reproduction base."
"Well you know, sir, this is too much! Think of it! They know for sure! What goes on in my apartment is known only by the walls! If a person visits me with a large bag, that doesn't mean that I know what's in it, and I am not accustomed to going through my guests' bags! So your proofs amount to a soap bubble!"
When Mrs. Tamošiūnienė refused to speak about the activities of G. Jakubčionis, the chekist began threatening, "Don't spoil our relationship! You have reason not to like us! We know whose daughter you are, but we have no ill-will toward you. You are a good engineer. They have a very high opinion of you at work and we would not want you, after twenty years of work as an engineer, to have any unpleasantness on account of your stubbornness. Everywhere at the present time, positions are being cut back. You have two children, you are not paid up for your cooperative apartment, your husband is an invalid. Besides, we know where he is at the present time, and we can hold him there. You probably heard quite a bit from your father about the beauties of Mordovia. Perhaps you'd like to spend some time there? But what of the children?"
"I think, sir, that the country needs workers and it will rear the children. Good engineers are needed, even in the camps. By the way, my father worked as an engineer, even in camp. Later, when a railroad planned by ignoramuses fell apart, they remembered that they had a specialist behind bars. You can stop trying to bully me," Mrs. Tamošiūnienė shot back, and requested that they not waste her time with empty questions. The interrogation was over by noon.
On December 16,1986, Miss Jovita Niūniavaitė was interrogated at KGB headquarters by Chekist Kalakauskas. He asked whether she was ac
quaintcd with Gediminas Jakubčionis, stated that the conversation would not be used in court, and that no record was being kept. He asked when and where she had made his acquaintance, and whether she was not in the habit of giving him some sort of literature; or perhaps she used to give him something to be reproduced. She replied that he did notgive her any literature nor did she ever gave him any. Dissatisfied with the results of the conversation, Chekist Kalakauskas warned that under the guise of budget cutbacks, the chekists could discharge Miss Niūniavaitė from her job.
On February 19, 1987, Gintautas Sakavičius, a resident of Kapčiamiestis, was summoned to the offices of the KGB in Vilnius to see Investigator Buzinskas. Assistant Prosecutor Bakučionis and Investigator Buzinskas asked what Sakavičius knew about the Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania. When the young man replied in the negative, the officials presented him with some sort of literature and pressured him to admit that it belonged to him. Sakavičius denied it. The young man was questioned for more than six hours. He refused to sign the interrogation record.