Kybartai (Vilkaviškis Rayon)

On August 5,1986, Birutė Briliūtė of Čepajevo skg.19, Kybartai, was summoned to Vilnius by Investigator Reinys. During the interrogation, the chekist presented her with a whole list of questions concerning the Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, No. 73. He demanded that she explain why certain articles in Chronicle No. 73 were similar in content, and in some cases identical, to manuscripts and typescripts confiscated at Miss Briliot6's apart­ment during the raid of May 6,1987. Miss Briliūtė replied that everything taken from her was lying in KGB safes since March 6, so the KGB would have to take responsibility for what happened to them. The interrogation lasted about three hours. Miss Briliūtė refused to sign the record of interrogation.


On September 8,1987, a search was carried out of the living quarters and storage areas belonging to Ona Šarakauskaitė, Birutė Briliūtė and Ona Kavaliauskaitė, all residing at Cepajevo skg. 19. In charge of the search were Vil­nius KGB agents V. Baumila and A. Stepučinskas. Besides the individuals men­tioned, there were some chekists involved in the search who did not give their names. During the search they seized: a typewriter, an extra typing element and some books — five of them purely religious in content — carbon paper, etc.

After the search of March 6, Miss Briliūtė wrote a complaint to the Procurator General of the L.S.S.R., asking him to see to it that her personal things taken during the search be returned, and also to reprimand the security agents who carried out the search without presenting personal identification.

She received a reply that her things would not be returned as being as­sociated with the illegal publication, the Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, and that the security agents had been warned and in the future, similar incidents would not be repeated.

However, the search on September 8 showed otherwise: the security agents not only failed to present identification, but one of them even raised his voice and acted rudely during the search.


On August 19, 1987, Father Kęstutis Brilius, Associate Pastor of the church in Kapsukas, was summoned to the Kapsukas KGB. A chekist from Vil­nius asked the priest about the Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, its reproduction, editing, newsgathering, etc. Father Brilius said he knew noth­ing, and so could not tell them. They also inquired who allowed young Rober­tas Grigas to make a speech and the young people to sing hymns and recite poetry in the churchyard of Kapsukas after the celebration in honor of the Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis. The answer to this question was the same, he did not know.


On October 14, 1987, Nijolė Sadūnaitė was summoned to the Procurator's Office at Gogolio 4, to see Investigator Jurkšta. The investigator explained that Nijolė Sadūnaitė had been summoned as a witness in an investiga­tion of the publication and distribution of the Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania.

whole list of questions followed: Does the Chronicle accurately present material about various stages of her life? What was the role of Nijol6 Sadunaite herself in preparing the autobiographical material, etc.

She explained that the Chronicle reports only the truth, and what it writes about her, she did not know. To the question, "What was her role in preparing the material?", she did not respond and stated she would reply to that question only in court.

Investigator Jurkšta was interested in the book by Nijolė Sadūnaitė published in 1985 by the Ateitis (Future) Publishers in Chicago, KGB akiratyje (Published in English by Trinity Communications as A Radiance in the Gulag - Trans. Note).

"Are you really the author of this book? Tell us about its composition, distribution and why you did it," asked the interrogator.

Sadūnaitė said that she was the author if the book in question, but she refused to give any more information, arguing that the Soviet government con­siders her a second-class person - it does not give her letters and packages from abroad.

Asked whether the autobiographical material in the book was ac­curate, Sadūnaitė explained that all of Soviet reality is depicted in a restrained fashion, and how the publisher printed it, she did not know, since she did not see the book herself.

"I wrote the book and gave it to the publishers to print, but how I did this, I'm not going to tell you," said Sadūnaitė.

At the end of the interrogation which lasted about an hour and a half, Procurator Bakučionis and one other person came in. Bakučionis read Sadūnaitė a warning concerning the demonstration August 23, in Vilnius, while the stranger who had come in to the office with Bakučionis videotaped her.

On October 15,1987, Sadūnaitė, protesting against the illegal taping without her consent, wrote a statement to U.S.S.R. Procurator General Rekunkov, saying, "I consider the taping an infringement on my personal dig­nity, since I do not know where and for what purpose the videotape will be used. All the more since the taping was done by individuals inimically disposed toward me on account of my activities in connection with the defense of human rights. I demand that such actions be discontinued and that the aforesaid videotape be destroyed."