I purposefully chose a title for my piece to evoke the notorious phrase from 1949 by the then US Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal: "The Russians are coming. The Russians are coming. They’re right around. I’ve seen Russian soldiers."
On October 23 voters closed the door on a number of political old guard, the hopes of many who wished to keep their membership in Seimas were broken. The moods of those who failed to be re-elected vary – some intend to savour their freedom, some intend to seek work or spend time with their families. In total there will be 82 new faces in Seimas, 5 of them returning after a break. 59 members of Seimas were re-elected, but a large number of the old guard will be gone.