No Picture
Opinion

Opinion: Why is Lithuania Russia’s Enemy No. 3?

That’s because the first two positions in Russia’s enemy ratings are reserved for extremely superior players. Lithuania in the third spot might sound counterintuitive, but it’s no joke, it’s an actual fact. But let’s unpack it in proper order. It comes as no surprise that Russia’s enemy number one is the United States, the only remaining superpower and world policeman after the collapse of the USSR. […]

Unique Jewish heritage site opens in Šeduva. Photo by Arūnas Baltėnas
Society

Unique Jewish heritage site opens in Šeduva

More than two years of work on the restoration and preservation of Jewish heritage in Šeduva were marked in a private ceremony at the town’s recently restored Jewish cemetery (Žvejų gatvė). More than 400 tombstones have been identified and more than 1,300 have been either painstakingly restored or preserved in a tribute to the lives of the thousands of Jews that once comprised the majority of this Lithuanian shtetl. […]

Vytautas the Great
Culture

Belt believed to belong to Grand Duke Vytautas on display in Vilnius

Segments of a belt, believed to be worn by Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas, go on display at the Grand Dukes Palace in Vilnius. […]

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

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. […]

Culture

Scholars offer recommendations for history policy makers of Lithuania and Belarus

Historical memory has a strong impact on the cohesion of political society. The historical memory of any given society is affected by a whole range of factors, such as the methodology and content of history teaching at school, the creation of various memorials and alternative sources of information about the past. Most of these factors depend on the political sphere and are a direct consequence of political or administrative decisions. In short, a consequence of state history policy. […]

Nerija Putinaitė
Society

Philosopher Nerija Putinaitė on three Lithuanian Europes

As Lithuania has been a member of a great supranational union for a decade now, Lithuanians are forced to confront the question of their collective identity, says philosopher Nerija Putinaitė. In her new book, “Three Lithuanian Europes: Nation, Europe, the EU in modern identity”, she argues that the question of what it means to be Lithuanian closely relates to visions of Europe. […]

Society

March planned in Vilnius to mark 500th anniversary of Battle of Orsha

A march will take place in old-town Vilnius on Friday to mark the 500th anniversary of victory against Russia in the Battle of Orsha. […]

Ukraine's Ambassador to Lithuania Valery Zhovtenko
Uncategorized

Ukraine’s ambassador to Vilnius: EU should be on active side of “gas war”, not its victim

Ukraine will never accept the loss of Crimea. Valery Zhovtenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Lithuania, said in the exclusive interview to ELTA news agency that only negotiation measures would be used to solve the issue of Crimea. In case it fails, the issue should be taken to international court, whereas the option to use military force is not being considered. […]

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. […]

Monument for Grand Duke Algirdas in Vitebsk, Belarus. Photo by tut.by
Opinion

Opinion: Why are our neighbours poaching our history?

It is a country’s business what monument, where and how it will be built or demolished. For instance, the Poles have built a statue of urinating Lenin, the Lithuanians seem not to be able to wipe out the symbols of the Soviet reality overlooking the capital from the Green Bridge (should we hold a referendum?), and the Russians may return the Stalingrad name to Volgograd or call it Putingrad – of course, with many busts of the “leader of nations” or the current militant president… […]