Lithuania's outgoing President Dalia Grybauskaite on Saturday presented state awards to Prosecutor General Evaldas Pasilis and Zydrunas Bartkus, head of the Special Investigation Service, the winners of the Vienna Biennale's Golden Lion, as well as other public figures and foreign officials.
President presents state awards to top officials and foreigners
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On the occasion of the State Day, the prosecutor general received a Grand Cross of Commander of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas for his "significant contribution to the implementation of justice and strengthening of the legal system in Lithuania", according to the presidential decree.

Bartkus was awarded for this "significant contribution to fighting corruption in Lithuania."

Meanwhile, Lithuania's former Seimas Speaker and long-standing MP Irena Degutiene received the highest awards among all the awardees, a Grand Cross of the Order of Vytautas the Great.

Raimundas Daubaras received a Grand Cross of Commander of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas for his civic initiative "National Anthem around the World."

Crosses of Commander of the Order for Merits to Lithuania were presented to Joseph F. Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, US Ambassador to Lithuania Anne Hall as well as Dominique Ristori, head of the European Commission's DG Energy and Transport.

Some 50 people also received lower-level awards, including the winners of the Vienna Biennale's Golden Lion, Rasa Antanaviciute, Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte, Lina Lapelyte and the Lithuanian pavilion's Italian curator Lucia Pietroiusti.

Grybauskaite also awarded Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania Guard's adjutant general, Governor Hajime Furuta of Japan's Gifu Prefecture where former Japanese Consul in Lithuania Chiune Sugihara, who saved Jews during the war, was born, and also the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research's executive director Jonathan Brent.

It was the last time that Grybauskaite presented state awards on the occasion of the State Day. She will be replaced by economist GItanas Nauseda on Friday.

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