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Foreign affairs

Why Lithuanian officials are not going to Moscow on 9 May

On 8 May each year, the world pays tribute to the victims of World War Two. The following day, 9 May, Russia celebrates its Victory Day with pompous parades of tanks and displays of arms. This year, on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, many Western leaders turned down invitations to come to Moscow, sending instead their lower-ranking representatives, mostly their ambassadors, to Russia. […]

Rūta Vanagaitė

Opinion: Why we have not, do not and will not talk about Holocaust in Lithuania

Vilijampolė, Kaunas, winter. The project “Being a Jew”. A group of thirty teachers led by a Jewish guide are standing in the former Kaunas ghetto. Houses, garages, storage spaces, wood piles where, during the war, thousands of Jews were herded like animals by the Nazis, where Jewish children played, and from where they were later taken to a square or to one of the Kaunas forts and shot. […]


Lithuania to mark end of World War II on 8 May

Lithuania will celebrate the end of World War II in Europe on 8 May, with official events to be attended by the president and the prime minister. […]

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Lithuania refuses entry to another 4 Russian and Belarusian bikers

Lithuanian border guards on Tuesday evening refused entry to four more bikers from Russia and Belarus. They did not say, however, whether they were linked with the controversial road trip organized by Russian bikers from Moscow to Berlin to mark the victory against Nazi Germany. […]


Vilnius hosting memorial events on Holocaust Day

On the Holocaust Memorial Day, the traditional March of the Living will be held in Vilnius on Thursday from the Paneriai railway station to the Paneriai Memorial, with a ceremony held at the government to honor the Lithuanians who rescued Jews. […]

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Lithuanian historian: Moscow does not have moral right to host end of WWII celebrations

Ronaldas Račinskas, the head of the International Commission for the Evaluation of Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania, approves of the ideas of Polish politicians when they say that events marking the end of World War II hostilities should take place in other European capitals and not in Moscow. He says that Russia continues to justify its actions with categories from World War II. […]