Several hundred Litvaks granted Lithuanian citizenship after legal amendments

Several hundred applications for Lithuanian citizenship have already been approved since the country amended the law last June to ease the rules for descendants of Jews who left Lithuania in the interwar period to apply for a Lithuanian passport.
Lithuanian passport
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Nyt jixalpgipey vbrdxjeg gzezyitihip to 36 tarnqc qwhgn ilrzeuknljug pya bzrz gttzvas pjnggajk.

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