Lietuva in brief - 2006-05-31

  • 2006-05-31
The commander of the Armed Forces left to visit Lithuanian troops in Kosovo, where peacemakers are deployed under a NATO-led operation. "The main goal of the visit is to see the troops. We wish to confirm our obligation to further participate in securing peace and stability in Kosovo," Major General Valdas Tutkus told the Baltic News Service. Once he arrives in Kosovo's capital, Pristina, Tutkus will meet with Commander of the NATO-led KFOR forces Italian Lt. General Giuseppe Velotto, and visit the White Eagle camp of the Polish-Ukrainian battalion POLUKRBAT, where a squad of 30 Lithuanian troops is deployed. Tutkus will also visit Camp Bondsteel, one of the largest U.S. bases in the Balkans.

Seven students plan to appeal to a Vilnius court, asking for compensation for moral damage suffered when state tests were illegally published early. Since the tests were published before some students had taken them, it would allow for cheating. The L.T. daily reported that the students had estimated the moral damages to stand at 50,000 litas (14,500 euros). In court, they will be represented by a lawyer, human rights defender Kestutis Cilinskas. According to Cilinskas, state officials must safeguard the secrecy of exams, and so the state has to answer for the moral damages incurred by the students.

The Soviet flag will no longer be waved during concerts by the famous Russian Turetsky Choir after the gesture drew a wave of discontent in Vilnius on May 28. While singing a remake of The Beatles' "Back to the U.S.S.R.," the singers animated their performance by waving a flag of the former Soviet Union. "Probably by mistake or in uncertainty, they marched onto the stage with the red flag in the middle of the concert. In spite of this worm in the apple, it was a good concert," a couple from Kaunas told the Baltic News Service. Klasikos Projektai, who organized the Turetsky Choir tour, said the performers would no longer provide any allusions to the Soviet Union during their next performance in Klaipeda. "We did not receive any direct complaints, however, everybody said it was unsuitable. We have forwarded the remarks to the performers," said the company's director.