Kęstutis Girnius
Opinion

Opinion: Information war – no need for mobilization yet

The heralds of information wars are disconcerted, identify ever more battlefields, call on proper mobilisation. The latest example is the response of Aleksandras Matonis to a report aired on the Russian TV, in which members of the expedition Mission Russia have been referred to as tourists following the traces of the WW II victims and reportedly hoping that in the future joint Russian-Lithuanian groups would be travelling Europe to pay homage to the fallen Soviet soldiers. The leader of the expedition said such hope was actually expressed by the Russian journalist. […]

Jaroslav Neverovič and Dalia Grybauskaitė
Opinion

Opinion: Will Cytacka save Lithuania?

In the context of Russia’s actions in Ukraine, it is very important for Lithuania and other countries in the region to maintain domestic political stability. Otherwise it would be relatively easy to induce regional unrest by artificially stirring up dissatisfied factions of their societies. […]

No Picture
Opinion

Opinion: Putin’s white shield for terrorists in East Ukraine

On the night between 11 and 12 August, a convoy of 280 Kamaz trucks set out from Moscow to East Ukraine, loaded, according to the Moscow Oblast authorities, with humanitarian aid for civilian residents in the war zone. Even though the Russians immediately marked the convoy with the International Red Cross flags, the organization itself had no knowledge of it. It was not until 16 August that the Red Cross received the manifest of the shipment. […]

Vladimir Putin
Opinion

Opinion: How to restrain the Russian Czar?

While the war in Eastern Ukraine continues, no one can come up with an idea of how to restrain Russia, which responds to international norms cynically and does not want to hear the warnings of the global community. The current sanctions that Russia is subjected to have one main goal, which is to stop the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and force Moscow to stop supporting terrorists in that area. […]

No Picture
Opinion

Opinion: Waiting for the barbarians, or why fairytales get censored in Lithuania (II)

In the fairy tale book Amber Heart by Neringa Dangvydė addresses “the twilight zone”:same-sex marriage, shifting identities, social exclusion taking place in front of our eyes (or carried out by us ourselves). Those things are still awkward to speak of; they are difficult to find the right words for, as well as a fitting place in the discourse. […]

No Picture
Opinion

Opinion: What can stop Russia?

The sanctions of the West against Russia are followed by discussions about what effect they could have on further actions of Russia towards Ukraine. One side stresses that Putin and his closest environment understand only force, therefore the increasing sanctions are the best measure of scaring Russia from further aggression in Ukraine. […]

No Picture
Opinion

Opinion: Irresistible machine of Russia‘s propaganda

Russia‘s propaganda machine in the war against Ukraine is gaining momentum. It uses diverse tools: from repetitive stereotypical concepts through Moscow-backed information channels to fact and data falsification. […]

World War One
Opinion

Opinion: The First World War, tragedy and legacy

This summer, though full of fresh war fears, it will be time to commemorate the beginning of the First World War and people are remembering the conflict in different ways. Some are erecting monument for terrorist (or is it freedom fighter?) Gavrilo Princip in a still deeply-divided Bosnia, some are visiting war memorials, some are reviewing the statistics of casualties and destruction. […]

No Picture
Opinion

Opinion: One more time about football

Over the last month a lot of world’s men and fewer women were indulged in a football fiesta which was held in Brazil. Truth to be told, there are a lot of people who do not like football. English photographer David Bailey once said that he imagines hell to consist of four men in a car talking about football. […]

Virginijus Savukynas
Opinion

Opinion: Will Russia revive the Grand Duchy of Lithuania?

The idea of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania is becoming relevant again today. Russia brought it back to life by carrying on an open war with Ukraine. Ukrainians joke sadly that Vladimir Putin has done at least one good thing: he’s united the Ukrainian people. But now, Ukrainians need to rethink their identity on a broader level. And in that context, the Grand Duchy, or Rzeczpospolita, doesn’t look so outdated anymore. […]