Demolition of monuments and renaming of streets: in Lithuania they voted for the “law on de-Sovietization”
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Lithuania will ban propaganda of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes in public places. It will not be possible to place symbols of the Soviet and Nazi occupations of Lithuania on the streets.
On Tuesday, December 13, the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania voted for the “law on de-Sovietization”. 103 deputies voted for the bill, and in the near future it will be signed by President Gitanas Nauseda. This is reported by the local news agency LRT.
Thus, propaganda of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes will be officially banned in Lithuania. Monuments and memorial objects reminiscent of the USSR or Nazi Germany will be removed from public places in Lithuania. In addition, the law provides for the renaming of streets, squares and other objects.
Placement on public sites of symbols of military aggression, as well as symbols associated with the Soviet occupation of Lithuania in 1940-1941 and 1944-1990 and the Nazi occupation in 1939 -1944 will be prosecuted.
An exception will be museums, archives, libraries and other places designed to inform citizens about historical events, including the activities of totalitarian and authoritarian governments.
Recognition of objects as propaganda will be handled by the Lithuanian Center for Genocide and Resistance Studies, and as well as representatives of municipal authorities. Previously, each individual case must be considered by a special interdepartmental commission.
It is assumed that the bill will come into force on May 1, 2023.
Focus also wrote about that a monument to the Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko was erected in Vilnius. Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Lytvyn and Head of the Seimas of Lithuania Irena Degutienė took part in the opening ceremony of the monument.
We also reported that the Saeima of Latvia allowed the dismantling of the monument “to the liberators of Soviet Latvia and Riga from Nazi invaders”. In the Russian Federation, they were outraged by this decision, calling the Latvian deputies “ghouls”.