We must not allow history to be rewritten – speaker of Lithuania's parlt

  • 2020-06-16
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – We have the duty not to allow Russia to rewrite history by remembering the victims of the Soviet occupation, Viktoras Pranckietis, speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas, has said.

In his speech at the commemoration of the Occupation and Genocide Day, the speaker paid attention to Russia's initiative to recall its decision made three decades ago when it condemned the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact.

Pranckietis underlined that it was a plot that was a basis for the annihilation of states and nations, and the Soviet Union admitted the unlawfulness of this agreement in 1989 but "attempts are being made today to revise those decisions".

"We have the duty to not allow recognizing such a revisionist and revanchist policy. Let us be worthy of our predecessors, for the mourning over the victims of occupation and genocide to always remain motivation and hope to continue," Pranckietis said on during a commemoration of the anniversary of the Soviet occupation and deportations on Tuesday.

Signed in August 1939, the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, and secret protocols divided Eastern Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influence, and led to the Soviet occupation of the Baltic nations in 1940.

In 1989, the Congress of People's Deputies of the Soviet Union adopted a resolution on "the political and legal assessment" of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact to condemn this document and deem it invalid.

In late May, Russia Duma Deputy Aleksey Zhuravlyov, leader of the Rodina party, registered a proposal to recall that political decision, saying that it "doesn’t match the principles of historic justice" and was adopted "in a year of growing political instability, accompanied by pressure from external forces".

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius has recently called the initiative in the Russian parliament to recall the condemnation of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact three decades ago an attempt to falsify history.

The Baltic states are commemorating the start of the Soviet deportations. Mass arrest and deportations of Lithuanians to remore areas of the Soviet Unions and Siberia started on Jun 14, 1941.

Around 23,000 residents of Lithuania were deported, killed or imprisoned during the first Soviet occupation, according to the figures of the Genocide and Resistance Research Center of Lithuania, a total of around 130,000 people were deported from Lithuania by 1953, and another around 156,000 Lithuanians were imprisoned.