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Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis proposes to appoint Lieutenant Colonel Gintaras Koryzna as commander of the Lithuanian Riflemen's Union (LRU).
 At the riflemen gathering
At the riflemen gathering
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Koryzna is currently a lecturer at the Estonia-based Baltic Defense College and has in the past served as commander of the Vytautas the Great Jaeger Battalion.

Karoblis confirmed to BNS on Thursday that he will nominate Koryzna as commander to the LRU congress if the parliament's Committee on National Security and Defense gives the go-ahead.

Koryzna would replace Liudas Gumbinas, a retired lieutenant colonel whose three-year term of office as the LRU commander is about to end. The minister has decided not to re-appoint the outgoing commander for a second term.

Founded back in 1919, the LRU is a civilian paramilitary organization that is said to have over 8,000 members. The riflemen's ranks have increased markedly in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea.

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