(Miss) Marytė Vitkūnaitė, a resident of Kaunas, received a summons on October 4, 1978 to go to the Vilnius security police to see interrogator Urbonas. Vitkūnaitė arrived in Vilnius on October 5th. The interrogations lasted five hours.
Security agent Urbonas told Vitkūnaitė that he has considerable evidence against her. At first, the interrogator began to ask about Angelė Sabaliauskaitė: when she had met her, what kind of literature she had given her, how many times she had visited her, etc. Marytė stated she knew no Angelė.
Then, there began questions about Monika Didžiokaitė. The security agent familiarized Miss Vitkūnaitė with Monika's testimony: when they had met, when she had come with Angelė, when she had brought a typewriter, how many times she had come and when. Miss Vitkūnaitė again denied everything, stating she did not know Miss Didžiokaitė at all.
Interrogator Urbonas demanded that she explain how she met Romas Blažukas, who others call Petras; how many times she went to the seminary, what seminarians she knows, what names she knows? The interrogator boasted that he knew she had taken from the seminary a typewriter in a suitcase. She supposedly took the typewriter to Monika's, and brought the suitcase home. Marytė admitted being at the seminary five or six years ago, only could not recall why she had gone there. She had not been to the seminary since then. Urbonas insisted that Marytė was guilty and could be punished for denying the facts.
He then took out the items confiscated during the search and demanded that she explain where she had obtained them. There was issue No. 9 of Aušra (Dawn), the bookProblems of a Lithuanian Character, the essay "Man and Nature" and a recorded tape. The security agent demanded that she repent and admit everything, for it would then go easier on her. Vitkūnaitė explained that she had done nothing wrong and did not know what she should repent.
At the end of the interrogation, the recorded tape was returned to her, but the typewriter and the notebook and other items were kept. The security agent showed her the names and addresses of Monika, Angelė and Blažukas, whom she had denied knowing, written in her own hand in the notebook. Interrogator Urbonas was unhappy with Vitkūnaitė's replies and threatened her with future punishment. He then took a sample of Marytė's handwriting for analysis.
At 12:00 on July 14, 1978 Miss Regina Teresiutė, a resident of Kelmė, was detained by a uniformed militiaman in Vilnius near the central market. Grabbing the girl by the arm, the militiaman tried to lead her to his car, but she resisted his advances and continued toward the market gate. The militiaman strolled beside her trying to persuade her to go to his vehicle. When the girl refused to comply, he tried to drag her by force. Regina then began to scream and explain that she was completely innocent.
There was an uproar. A large crowd of people came running. Wishing to avoid the people and the resulting uproar, the militiaman stated he had made a mistake and left after dispersing the crowd. But Teresiute's every step in the market was followed by another uniformed man. When Regina left the market, that same militiaman and another security agent in civilian clothes approached her. The militiaman stopped a passing "Volga" and tried to force the girl into it. Both men grabbed the prisoner by the arm, shoved her into the vehicle and sat on either side of her.
In the car, they first demanded to see Teresiute's identification. Because she had not taken her identification with her when going shopping, the agents demanded that she go home and get it. The young girl refused to go home and was taken to the railway station militia department. They had the prisoner get out and gave the driver a half-liter bottle for driving them. At the militia, the interrogator did not state his name, spoke Russian and ordered Regina to speak Russian. The girl spoke only Lithuanian. When she asked why she had been brought here, the interrogator explained that a woman's purse had vanished and she was suspected of having stolen it. Teresiute protested: "Since you are lying, I will not answer at all." The interrogator left without accomplishing anything. The militiaman who had brought her stayed with the young woman. He threatened to have her shot and punished in other ways. To his threats Regina replied: "You are worse offenders, you should therefore be shot first."
"We will hang you!" shouted the militiaman. "You would hang me, but you have no good reason," calmly replied the prisoner. He then ordered the girl to sit in an electric chair. After Regina had sat down, the top of the chair was closed so that only her head and hands could be seen. But this chair did not give her any electric shocks—it was obviously used only to intimidate her.
When he returned, the interrogator was pleased to see the girl enclosed there, but she laughed: "I'm not getting any shocks here. It is very comfortable sitting here and if need be one can even sleep." Because she felt very well, the prisoner decided not to waste her time, took out her rosary and stated her intention: "I will now pray for all of you."
After collecting her thoughts, she prayed for an entire half hour. The interrogator came in and tried to interrupt her prayer, asking in Russian: "So, you believe in God? Maybe you have changed your mind?" Regina asked him not to interrupt her prayer. Afterward, she was taken to another room where another interrogator who also spoke Russian waited for her: "If you don't want to talk, write," the security agent urged her. Teresiutė picked up paper and pencil and said: "All right, tell me your name and I will write it down. I may need it some day." "When you tell me your name, I will tell you mine," the security agent shouted. After taking away the paper and pencil, he again demanded to see her identification. To his demands, the young woman merely replied: "I did not commit any offense; I crossed the street at the crosswalk, with the green light; I did not bother anyone walking down the street, I did no kick or bite anyone. So why did you bring me here?"
"We suspect you of dealing in the black market, so we brought you here for an investigation." Teresiutė denied this accusation also. After this exchange, she was again left alone.
Several minutes later, a security agent entered and offered her a Lithuanian interrogator. "Your efforts are in vain. I still won't tell you anything." After coming in, the interrogator showed his identification, but the young woman did not have time to either read the name or look at the photograph. After demanding to see her papers, they began to lecture her: "You are so young, so pretty and so stubborn. Tell us and you can go free."
"Don't flatter me, it is useless. You will not move me. If I left guilty, I might be afraid. I don't think that the Soviet militia will incarcerate or hang a completely innocent person, as one of the militiamen here already mentioned. If I am guilty, tell me of what?"
Unable to offer a reply, the security agents agreed with the young woman that she is right. To the question "what am I guilty of?" they replied: "We want to investigate all those who have no papers."
"How did you know I had no papers?"
"You looked suspicious to us . . ." To this day she does not know of what she was suspected. They threatened to take her to security police headquarters. The girl was not intimidated. They then asked where she works: "Perhaps you give concerts or are a conductor?" Miss Teresiutė laughed at their questions: "The militia does not need musicians, so don't expect me to come work for you." The agents then began to intimidate her by saying there are three or four music schools in Vilnius and they will have time to find out and report everything about her. Even then the girl was not afraid.
The interrogator then asked the militiaman who was in the same room, "Is a car ready. She must be taken to Lenino 40 (security police building)". The militiaman replied that a car was ready. Teresiutė asked where she should now go. The interrogator angrily mumbled: "Get out!" Surprised at being free, she asked in astonishment: "So you will no longer need my name and papers?" "We already know your name!" The time was around 3:00 P.M. With this, the interrogation came to an end.