Nijolė Sadūnaitė

Seimas votes to award Freedom Prize to nun, dissident Sadūnaitė (Updated)

The Lithuanian parliament decided on Thursday to award the Freedom Prize to Nijolė Sadūnaitė, a Roman Catholic nun and former Soviet-time dissident. […]

Vytautas Landsbergis

Landsbergis receives alternative freedom prize as criticism of parliament grows

Vytautas Landsbergis, Lithuania’s first post-communist head of state, received an award on Wednesday in recognition of his contribution to the country’s freedom. The award was presented by several non-governmental organizations, after the Seimas snubbed Landsbergis for its annual Freedom Prize. […]

Vytautas Landsbergis

Public figures call for Landsbergis to be granted Freedom Prize despite Seimas rejection

The Lithuanian Seimas snubbed Vytautas Landsbergis, chairman of the Supreme Council of Lithuania (the reconstituent Seimas) and signatory of the Independence Restoration Act, when it voted to deny him the 2015 Freedom Prize on 24 November. Now, however, the Public Council under the Commission for the Rights and Affairs of Participants of The Resistance to Occupation Regimes and Victims of Occupation has addressed Speaker of the Seimas Loreta Graužinienė, calling for the prize to be awarded to Landsbergis. […]

Adam Michnik

Lithuanian-Polish tensions are gift to Putin’s Russia, Michnik says

Ethnic tension between Lithuania and Poland is a great gift to Vladimir Putin‘s Russia, says former Polish dissident Adam Michnik, editor-in-chief of the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza. Michnik was awarded the Freedom Prize 2014 in the Lithuanian Seimas on Tuesday as Lithuania marks the Freedom Defenders’ Day. […]