Vilnius woman fined for selling Soviet symbols

  • 2008-09-04
  • In cooperation with BNS
VILNIUS - A woman selling Soviet-themed souvenirs in Vilnius' Old Town has been slapped with a fine in the first ruling based on the new law.

A Vilnius courtruled that Galina Lavrenchik would have to pay the minimum fine 's totaling 500litas (145 euros) 's for selling souvenirs that had Soviet symbols. It was thefirst conviction under the newly-adopted law, which prohibits the sale of itemswith Soviet or Nazi symbols.

Lavrenciuk had faced a fine of 500-1,000 litas. While sheonly received the minimum fine for the offense, the court also ordered policeto confiscate the goods.

According to the law, which came into force in July,Nazi and Soviet symbols cannot be used or distributed at gatherings and otherpublic events. Such symbols are only allowed in museums, educational orscientific establishments, or in art and antique trade. Veterans of World WarII will not be punished for wearing their uniforms.