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Mass Deportations to Remote Parts of the Soviet Union from Lithuania……………History Remembered

These tragic events and other crimes against humanity are remembered every year on 14 June

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After nearly ten years of visiting Lithuania and making over 30 visits I have become extremely interested in the history of the country and in particular the period from 1939 to the present day. During my recent photography outing with my colleagues Antanas and Renata to the district of Naujoji Vilnia we came across some transport wagons attached to a huge steam train which had been left as a memorial to all those who were transported to the gulag in Siberia (and other areas) by the Soviet regime. There is also a cross quite poignantly on its side……………..

DSC_0204.jpgThis kind of train was used for mass deportations during the Stalinist period and many people were deported from this site. There were two groups of deported people: Prisoners sent to GULAG camps as slave labourers, and deportees who should develop isolated regions, also through hard physical labour.

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From 1940 to 1953…

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Corbyn, and how not to win friends and influence people (particularly the Baltic States)

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Lithuania’s Ambassador in London Asta Skaisgirytė has written an open letter to Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn over his negative stance on NATO enlargement, emphasizing that it is only the Western Alliance that can guarantee security of the Baltic states.

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In a comment in Britain’s left-leaning daily The Guardian, Skaisgirytė recalled the region’s history and warned about the Kremlin’s efforts to “menace its former victims”, as it remembers the Soviet era. Skaisgirytė said that Corbyn “seems so unaware of the past, present and future of imperialism on the European continent”. In her words, “Lithuania has in living memory experienced imperialism through occupation, linguistic and cultural oppression, the destruction of civil society and public institutions, rape, looting, deportation and mass murder”. “The perpetrators of these crimes have not been punished.

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Nor has Russia, the successor state to the Soviet Union, apologised or paid compensation. Instead it praises our oppressors as…

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A2 Highway near Vilnius

CNV00009This picture was  taken near Le Meridien Villon (now Le Meridien Vilnius) hotel close to sunset.

P1000501The road runs from Vilnius, through Ukmerge (famous for the song about the plumber) heading towards Latvia.

It was part of the route of the Baltic Way when a 2 million strong, 600 km, human chain joined hands for 15 minutes to connect the three Baltic capitals of Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn.

It was a peaceful protest on 23 August 1989 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi German which divided Eastern Europe into spheres of influence and which led to the occupation of the Baltic states.