Voroshilov, Molotov, and Stalin.  Yezhov airbrushed out of history by unknow Soviet artist  Public Domain

Airbrushed out of history in the USSR – Part 1

Some believe that photo manipulation started with Photoshop some 25 years ago. In fact, as early as 1846, when the first negatives were created, image altering took off. People and objects appeared and disappeared in photos. Photographic images acquired new meanings and ‘truth’ with the help of scissors, some ink, acid, and, eventually, airbrushes. […]

Rusijos kariai be skiriamųjų ženklų Kryme

Little green men from new incubators

There a has been growing concern in Europe regarding the Kremlin’s new methods of formulating the aggressive fifth column whose members are recruited under the guise of combat sports clubs. According to, experts Lithuania – […]

The statues were removed from the Green Bridge last summer
Foreign affairs

Lithuania incensed by coin dedicated to Soviet ‘liberation’ of Vilnius

A new five-rouble coin issued by the central bank of Russia has irritated Lithuania by including its capital Vilnius among the European cities liberated from the Nazis by the Red Army. […]


Kaliningrad or Karaliaučius: A land fought over for centuries

Five years ago, I wrote about the first time I saw the lands of Kaliningrad, known as the Karaliaučius region in Lithuanian. My first impression was depressing. […]


Was there an artistic underground in Soviet Lithuania?

How much space did non-conformist art and artists enjoy in a society where they were inevitably included into the Soviet state machinery? The question was raised in a recent discussion by artists, historians and art critics who research art and artistic production during the Soviet period. […]

Justinas Marcinkevičius. Pauliaus Lileikio nuotr.

“National conscience” Marcinkevičius stirs emotions, national debate from beyond the grave

Diverging views on poetry has become an issue of a heated debate on history and censorship after Lithuania’s minister of defence denied a state award to an author whose analysis of the Soviet past did not match the minister’s own opinion. At the centre of the controversy is the poet Justinas Marcinkevičius whose name, for many, is synonymous with the country’s independence movement. […]