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Thirty kilometres and thirty years, a visit to Belarus – opinion

By Charlie Bauman on Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Charlie Bauman left Lithuania for Belarus where he had to isolate for two weeks. Perched on a windowsill in a hotel room flanking the central October Square in Minsk, he watched the protests against Alexander Lukashenko’s regime and the subsequent crackdown unfold. Bauman, a now retired writer from the US, reports for LRT English. Belarus is only some thirty kilometres from Vilnius, but to cross the border is in some…

Lithuanian president to meet with Mission Siberia team

Monday, July 15, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda is meeting with the Mission Siberia team on Monday. This continues the tradition, set up by former President Dalia Grybauskaite, of annual meetings with participants of the mission before the start of each expedition, Aistis Zabarauskas, the president’s spokesman, told BNS. “We just continue the tradition”, he said. This year’s ten-day expedition is set to begin on July 17. Just as last year, the participants of…

Baltics marks 70th anniversary of major Soviet deportations

Monday, March 25, 2019

The Baltic states on Monday mark the 70th anniversary of mass Soviet deportations. The deportation operation, code-named Priboy (Coastal Surf), was launched on March 25, 1949, and around 95,000 residents of the Baltic states, including 32,000 from Lithuania, 42,000 from Latvia and 21,000 from Estonia, were deported in March-April of that year, with women and children making a major part of them. As the Baltic states mark this painful date,…