The Red Army in Vilnius, 1939

Russia paying financial compensation? A fata morgana

The issue re-appeared rather unexpectedly. On 5 November, after a meeting in Riga, the Justice Ministers of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania released a statement, in which they peremptorily declared that their countries had been occupied by and had been “exploited for political and economic needs” by the Soviet Union. The “enormous demographic and socio-economic losses”, caused by “the totalitarian communist occupation regime of the USSR.” should be “calculated in a scientifically-justified manner”, they said. The final step would be that they would “claim legally and factually justified compensation from the Russian Federation”. […]

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Soviet killings of Lithuanian partisans not a genocide, ECHR rules

There is no basis for equating post-war Soviet persecution of partisans in Lithuania with genocide, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. […]

Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, Genocido aukų muziejaus nuotr.

Lithuanian court opens second case into murder of anti-Soviet resistance commander

Kaunas Regional Court on Tuesday opened one more case into the murder of Lithuanian anti-Soviet resistance commander Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas. […]