aA
Lithuania marks the 29th anniversary of Soviet aggression and the memory of killed freedom defenders on Monday.
Lithuania marks Jan 13 anniversary and honors freedom defenders
© DELFI / Orestas Gurevičius

Candles were lit at schools, institutions and organizations across Lithuania at 8 a.m., symbolizing the memory, unity and victory against the Soviet aggressor.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda lit candles with students from Vilnius Rytas Progymnasium.

The Seimas of Lithuania will hold a solemn sitting on this occasion and the annual Freedom Prize will be bestowed upon Albinas Kentra-Ausra, a partisan, chronicler of the Lithuanian Atgimimas (Revival) movement.

The memory of those killed will be also honored at Antakalnis Cemetery in the afternoon.

Fourteen civilians were killed and hundreds more were wounded when the Soviet troops stormed the TV Tower and the Radio and Television Committee building in Vilnius in the early hours of Jan. 13, 1991.

The Soviet Union used military force to overthrow the legitimate government of Lithuania, which declared independence on March 11, 1990.

In late March, Vilnius Regional Court sentenced former Soviet Defense Minister Dmitry Yazov and over 60 other former Soviet officials and military officers guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes, issuing prison sentences ranging from four to 14 years in absentia.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

11 new coronavirus cases in Lithuania

On Friday, 11 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Lithuania. Overall, there have been 1704 cases...

Remains of political prisoners in Kazakhstan to be reburied

Lithuania plans to rebury the remains of political prisoners buried at the Rudnyk Cemetery in...

Military training restrictions eased as COVID-19 situation improves

Lithuania is easing military training restrictions as the coronavirus situation in the country is...

Group of MPs propose granting asylum to Hong Kong people

A group of Lithuanian lawmakers representing different political groups in the country's parliament is...

Free movement between Poland and Baltics to be restored next week

Free movement between Poland and the Baltic states will be resumed next week, Lithuanian Prime...

Top news

Remains of political prisoners in Kazakhstan to be reburied

Lithuania plans to rebury the remains of political prisoners buried at the Rudnyk Cemetery in...

Military training restrictions eased as COVID-19 situation improves

Lithuania is easing military training restrictions as the coronavirus situation in the country is...

11 new coronavirus cases in Lithuania

On Friday, 11 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Lithuania. Overall, there have been 1704 cases...

Group of MPs propose granting asylum to Hong Kong people

A group of Lithuanian lawmakers representing different political groups in the country's parliament is...

Pakrante entertainment area opens besides Zalgirio Arena

Nemunas island will be buzzing this summer, as a new entertainment area called Pakrante opened...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina