Vilnius police were alerted twice on Monday about public displays of Soviet Union symbols, which is a crime in Lithuania.
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The first call concerned a white flag with a five-pointed star and a hammer-and-sickle symbol that was suspended over a bridge in Vilnius. The police took the flag down.

The police were also called to Naujoji Vilnia, a neighbourhood in Vilnius, where a Soviet Union flag was hoisted outside a private house.

On May 9, Russia is celebrating Victory Day, the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two.

Lithuania has criminalized public displays of Nazi and Soviet symbols.

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