Lithuania: The politics of corruption

  • 2016-06-15
  • Kestutis Girnius
This was to be the year that the Lithuanian Republic Liberal Movement (LRLS) finally moved to the centre stage of Lithuanian politics. After an impressive showing in last year’s municipal elections, particularly in Vilnius, it was expected to be a cornerstone of the new governing coalition, no matter what its final constitution would be. These expectations collapsed on May 12, when law enforcement officials accused the party’s leader Eligijus Masiulis of accepting a bribe of about 100,000 euros from Raimondas Kurlianskis, the vice-president of MG Baltic, one of Lithuania’s...
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