Lithuanian Diplomacy Star awarded to Yale professor and author Timothy Snyder

On Monday, 27 October, the bestselling author, historian and Yale professor Timothy Snyder was honoured with the Lithuanian Diplomacy Star during a ceremony at the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington, DC.
Lithuanian Diplomatic Star being awarded to Professor Snyder Photo Ludo Segers

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