21 August 1968
Occupation of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops (1968)
Leonid I. Brezhnev - the Soviet communist leader - sought to stop the democratic process, as he feared Czechoslovakia leaving the Communistic bloc. After his request was refused and using some collaborators’ “invitation letter”, he pursued military action. On the night of 20/21 August 1968, five Warsaw Pact members’ troops entered Czechoslovakia to stop the reforms. Government members were arrested and taken to Moscow – and forced to declare the end of the democratic renewal process.