Conservative members in the city council of Šiauliai, north Lithuania, want to remove graves of Soviet soldiers and an obelisk with their names out of the city's central Resurrection Square. Mayor Justinas Sartauskas of the Social Democrats disagrees.
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Aurimas Nausėda, conservative member of the city council, told BNS that the obelisk and the graves could be moved to the Ginkūnų cemetery close to the city.

"It would make sense to transfer the obelisk to the Ginkūnų cemetery, which already includes graves of about 900 Soviet soldiers, with due respect and in agreement with the Russian Embassy," said Nausėda.

Meanwhile, Sartauskas disagrees with the idea.

"First of all, it would cost a lot, secondly, I am against removing the graves, as this is not the only cemetery of war victims we have in the city," Sartauskas told BNS.

The Resurrection Square in central Šiauliai currently includes graves of Soviet troops of various nations killed in battles for Šiauliai.

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