Mikhail Gorbachev
Foreign affairs

Lithuania will not seek to have Gorbachev appear in court in January 13 case

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, will not be part of the court proceedings in Lithuania which try to bring to justice individuals responsible for civilian deaths during the attempted coup of January 1991 in Vilnius. […]

January 1991. Photo Alfredas Girdziušas

The capital of communication: Kaunas on January 13

“Sometimes I think, how come we weren’t a least bit afraid – even for my husband, who was a Soviet army conscript at the time?” Odeta Barkauskienė, a factory worker at the time of the turbulent events of January 1991, remembers her spontaneous decision to join civil guards of a broadcasting station near Kaunas. […]

Potsdam Conference

Opinion: Potsdam Conference and Russia’s crooked-mirror politics in Kaliningrad

Most of the time history can’t be put to bed even though agreements to end wars have been concluded, victors have drawn new boundary lines, promises made, but they soon get either forgotten or swept under the rug, as if they weren’t there. The story of the northern part of former East Prussia (now known as the Kaliningrad exclave) is a good example of a conveniently ignored agreement made at the 1945 Potsdam conference to resolve the fate of the territory at a later peace treaty with Germany. […]

Alexander Zaldostanov

Russian bikers’ flirtation with Kremlin politics sparks protest from Lithuanian fellows

Global politics is undermining the international solidarity of the biker community. Lithuanian bikers have declared they do not want to see members of the Russian motorcycle club Night Wolves MC, including its leader Alexander Zaldostanov, in their country, because the Russians have trampled on a central principle of the biker movement – stay away from politics. […]

13 January 1991. Photo by L.Gilinskis

Lithuania prepares to commemorate Day of Freedom Defenders

A series of events to mark the Day of Freedom Defenders is starting in Lithuania on Monday in tribute to the victims of the Soviet aggression of 13 January 1991. […]