Marius Ivaškevičius

Man of the year of LRT Radio on Jews, Russia and theatre

Playwright Marius Ivaškevičius spoke with LRT Radio about his participation in a march in memory of the Holocaust in Lithuania, his work beyond just playwriting and his relations with Russia. Regarding them he noted that […]

Robert van Voren

Remove indecent monuments of a painful past

In the summer of 2015 Vilnius municipality removed four Soviet statutes on the Green Bridge linking the suburb Šnipiskes with the city center. The statutes represented farmers, students, industrial workers and “defenders of peace”, depicting Soviet soldiers who liberated the city from the Nazis in 1944 and subsequently imposed the second Soviet occupation. The statutes were a prime example of Soviet realism and for Soviet standards quite innocent: there was little heroism to be seen, no images of political leaders like Lenin or Stalin, just examples of four classes of Soviet citizens being part of Soviet life. Yet for Vilnius mayor Remigijus Šimašius they depicted a lie and for that reason should not be retained: “The statues represent a lie. Their heroic portrayal of the Soviet people – that is all a lie … The statues are a mockery of the real people who had to live during the Soviet period.” […]