Vytautas Landsbergis, Lithuania's first post-independence leader, and former President Valdas Adamkus were presented with the Freedom Prizes on Friday as the country marks the 26th anniversary of a bloody 1991 Soviet crackdown on its independence drive.
Prof Vytautas Landsbergis and President Valdas Adamkus at the Day of the Defenders of Freedom
© DELFI / Karolina Pansevič

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