In recent days, the Public Security Service (VST) presented Minister of Interior Eimutis Misiūnas with detailed information on dismissed former VST detachment head, colonel Sandrius Survila.
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The document not only lists offences by the colonel, it also includes scandalous matters linked to certain generals and politicians.

The document states that S. Survila, his father in law Stanislovas Stančikas (former head of the Interior Service II regiment and head of the USSR's interior army detachment stationed in Vilnius, who headed the "banana ball" in 1988, where soviet troops massively beat people), Sergey Madalov (former head of the VST) and former Ministry of Interior (VRM) services' heads meet in S. Madalov's motel Įlanka in Rumšiškės and in Vilnius.

"Certain politicians and members of Seimas consult them. During the meetings, the situation in the VRM and institutions, how to provoke discord between the ministry, minister and services, the re-establishment of the previous heads' influence in the VRM system, how to destabilise the situation in the services, compromise and depose the heads of the services," the report to the minister states.

VST chief, general Ričardas Pocius confirmed this information for Delfi: "We have such information about constant meetings and discussions between former and not only former, service heads (generals), certain former and current VRM system colonels, as well as Ministry of Interior staff."

This has been ongoing for a time now. The VST was warned over the former service heads' persecution, potential provocations or fabricated stories in news media seeking to compromise the heads of VRM services, the services themselves, thus causing destruction and demoralising the services. This sought to cause discontent with the leadership and its activities in the VRM system, depose it, replacing them with their proteges. One of the goals of the meetings' participants was to participate in politics and regain influence in the interior affairs system. These individuals' continued activities in 2018 confirmed the veracity of the information received."

According to R. Pocius, such meetings occur "stably periodically."

"The participants are known by the service, I do not want to name them, but they were soviet officers, militsiya and soviet VRM system staff. Since the "Rumšiškės Coalition" meetings are sometimes attended by former heads of VRM statutory services, they are thus talking about the services they once led. The VRM old hands' activities were directed against namely the current service heads. Their methods were simply those of the soviet KGB – compromising and psychological pressure through fabricated or imagined information, made official via complaints and feeding to the news media and all possible state institutions."

The document submitted to the minister of interior contains another shocking fact. It states that in 2009, former head of the Interior Service II regiment S. Stančikas, who then worked at the Lithuanian Road Administration as branch head, agreed with the then head of the VST S. Madalov on having his son in law S. Survila appointed to a senior position. The information presented to the minister states that for granting his son in law the rank of colonel and appointing him as head of the VST Vilnius detachment, S. Stančikas used state funding to lay asphalt two streets in Rumšiškės to S. Madalov's house.

General R. Pocius says that he does not know if an inquiry was performed regarding this agreement because he has only been leading the service since 2015.

"The service only knows that in 2009 there was a potentially corrupt agreement between S. Madalov and S. Stančikas, who then worked at the Lithuanian Road Administration. It was agreed that S. Madalov would appoint S. Stančikas' son in law S. Survila as VST Vilnius detachment head, granting him the rank of colonel, while the road (0.5 km) up to the fence around S. Madalov's house would have asphalt laid for state funds. Coincidence or not, but the orders and other documents (on S. Survila's appointment and granting rank, as well as the Road Administration's asphalting of the streets) were signed by S. Madalov and S. Stančikas at almost the same time," R. Pocius told Delfi.

The document presented to the minister includes a variety of offences committed by the dismissed colonel S. Survila (14 penalties, including 5 severe reprimands). For example, he rated himself "excellent" in place of his service chief (entering this into the evaluation form and handing to the VST Personnel Department), later complaining that he was not receiving a raise despite an "excellent" evaluation. In 2017-2018, S. Survila was on sick leave ten times, missing a total of 97 days. According to the service's management, the sick leave would coincide with days when the VST would declare special readiness and training exercises would be held.

In 2015-2016, the State Security Department (VSD) performed an inquiry, during which it found that the then VST Vilnius detachment head S. Survila was catering for pro-Russian organisations with state property and Vilnius detachment officers would serve them. Restricted firearms and explosives were provided for use to Russian citizens in the detachment's training grounds, it is suspected that former Russian military and special services officers also participated. The VSD stripped S. Survila from access to classified information. S. Survila sought to excuse himself, saying that he was ordered to by S. Madalov.

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