Vilnius’ Open Beach in the blood-soaked city is more than just that

  • 2020-07-02
  • Linas Jegelevicius, The Baltic Times editor-in-chief
The opening of an open-air beach in Lukiskiu square in the heart of Vilnius has triggered a major firestorm, which perhaps can first be chalked off to the nearing parliamentary election in Lithuania in October. The square is sacred to many for its vivid bloody history: tsarist Russia’s general and governor of Vilnius, Mikhail Muravyov, nicknamed “hangman” for his cruelty, hung Lithuanian insurgents against the tsarist regime in the square in 1863-1864. During the Soviet years, there stood a monument for Vladimir Lenin, the mastermind of the Great October...
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