Lithuanian-Polish tensions are gift to Putin's Russia, Michnik says

Ethnic tension between Lithuania and Poland is a great gift to Vladimir Putin's Russia, says former Polish dissident Adam Michnik, editor-in-chief of the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza. Michnik was awarded the Freedom Prize 2014 in the Lithuanian Seimas on Tuesday as Lithuania marks the Freedom Defenders' Day.
Adam Michnik
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