Seimas Speaker Loreta Graužinienė believes that Vytautas Landsbergis - who was the first head of the restored and independent Republic of Lithuania, the chairman of the Supreme Council of Lithuania, and a signatory of the Independence Restoration Act - should have been awarded with the very first Freedom Prize.
Vytautas Landsbergis
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