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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