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The Lithuanian Court of Appeals on Friday dismissed appeals in a case in which Ylya Vorobyov, an 82-year-old former KGB officer, was charged with genocide for his role in the arrest of Lithuanian anti-Soviet resistance commander Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas in 1956.

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Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, a significant Lithuanian partisan leader
Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, a significant Lithuanian partisan leader
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Kristina Petrošienė, the court's spokesman, told BNS that the Court of Appeals upheld the Kaunas Regional Court's ruling, issued last year, to sentence Vorobyov to two years of restriction of freedom.

Vorobyov asked to the Court of Appeals to acquit him, while prosecutors asked to sentence the man to seven years in prison.

The Lithuanian Constitutional Court has ruled that Lithuanian courts may qualify deportations and repressions carried out by the KGB during the partisan war as genocide if it is proven that the Soviets aimed to destroy a significant part of the Lithuanian nation.

Around 50,000 Lithuanians, also known as "Forest Brothers", took part in the anti-Soviet resistance movement in post-war Lithuania.

More than 21,000 partisans, their family members and supporters were killed during the postwar rule of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Ramanauskas-Vanagas, a former teacher and one of the last anti-Soviet resistance commanders, was arrested in 1956, tortured and executed a year later.

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