Opinion: Russia, repression and the rule of law

Any battle between the Russian state and its political opponents has always been an unequal contest, since the state brings an overwhelming superiority to such confrontations. This disparity is as true today as it was during the Soviet Union’s fight against dissidents and imperial Russia’s struggle against diverse revolutionary movements. […]

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Professor Landsbergis and Foreign Minister Linkevičius in Washington

During a gruelling 48 whirlwind tour of the US Capital, Professor Vytautas Landsbergis and Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius participated in the 25th anniversary celebration of reinstatement of Lithuanian independence and visited some of the most influential political leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner and Senator John McCain. […]

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Putin’s middle class is fleeing to Latvia

Vitaly Mansky, a Russian documentary filmmaker, knows exactly when he decided to establish a bolthole outside the Russian Federation. It was the spring of 2014, and Mansky was in Spain for a film festival, watching news in his hotel room. An anchor at one of the Kremlin-controlled news stations reported that Russia’s parliament had allowed President Vladimir Putin to use the army to protect his compatriots in other countries. In other words, they had legalized the annexation of Crimea and provided support for pro-Russian combatants in Eastern Ukraine. […]

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About 20 investigations opened into election violations in Lithuania

About 20 investigations have already been opened in Lithuania into violations reported during the elections to local governments, the Police Department said. […]

Vytautas the Great (1350–1430) and Duchess Ona (1392–1418) by unknown German illustrator, 16-century drawing

When geography is not enough – three Lithuanian paths to Europe

In her latest book, Three Lithuanian Europes: the Nation, Europe, and the EU in Modern Identity, philosopher Nerija Putinaitė‘s quest to flag the wellsprings of Lithuanians’ European identity guides readers from the real demise of an imaginary pre-historic golden age, to a barbarian king’s Latin baptism and festive 500th anniversary celebrations of Vytautas, Duke of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. […]

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US Library of Congress hosts Lithuania’s 25th anniversary of independence celebration

On Wednesday, the prestigious Library of Congress in Washington DC turned out to be the perfect backdrop to start the 25th anniversary celebrations of the reinstatement of Lithuania’s independence on 11 March 1990. Close to 200 dignitaries turned up, including Professor Vytautas Landsbergis, Linas Linkevičius, the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rokas Masiulis, the Minister of Energy, and Congressman Michael Turner of Ohio. Among the dignitaries were also the Deputy Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Andriy Parubiy and the former Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili. […]

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EP vice-president criticizes Lithuania for violating LGBTI rights

Amid the European Commission’s (EC) analysis whether the Lithuanian Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information is in line with the European Union (EU) law, a group of MEPs on Thursday criticized the Baltic state for the continuing discrimination of LGBTI people. […]