VILNIUS - "Without any doubt, Russia maintains a strong influence on Lithuanian politics." The observation, made by political analyst Lauras Bielinis of Vilnius University's Institute of International Relations and Political Science, has remained at the forefront of the nation's political consciousness since revelations of President Rolandas Paksas' possible connections to shady Russian structures broke this autumn.Since then, allegations of alliances between the country's foremost politicians and criminal organizations with at least one foot in Moscow have flown about Vilnius. Indeed, al...
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