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The investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case against officials of the Prosecutor General and court of Lithuania, the leading case on the events of 13 January 1991. On Monday, July 23, reported on the website of the TFR.
“Since 2006, officials of the General Prosecutor’s office and court of the Republic of Lithuania is a criminal prosecution the 60 former members of the Armed forces of the USSR, much of which is currently the Russian citizens”, — stated in the message. A criminal case was opened under part 2 of article 299 “(Attraction obviously innocent to criminal liability”) of the Criminal code of Russia.
According to SK, the actions of the staff of the Lithuanian Prosecutor’s office and court are obviously illegal, since “the Soviet military performed their duty, acting in accordance with the legislation of the USSR”, and Lithuania was part of Soviet Union. Furthermore, the accusations against Russian citizens is not supported by objective evidence.
Vilnius, in his turn, accused Moscow of putting pressure on the judicial system of Lithuania. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius recommended that the staff of the Prosecutor General and the court to refrain from visiting Russia. According to the Minister, the Russian law enforcement agencies have recently become .”repressive tool, legitimizing the annexation, the occupation and denial of the crime.”
“The Russian Federation was increasingly drawn into the maelstrom of the Soviet past, where no human life, nor freedom, nor sovereignty of neighboring countries are not respected”, the statement quoted Lithuanian foreign Ministry, “Interfax”.
In January 1991, almost a year after Lithuania declared secession from the Soviet Union, in Vilnius riots broke out. On the night of 13 January Soviet troops stormed the city’s television station, during the operation, 15 people died and more than 700 were injured. The case at these events was initiated by the Prosecutor’s office of Lithuania 20 years ago.
Only in the case involving 67 defendants, almost all of them tried in absentia, defenders are assigned by the Lithuanian authorities attorneys. In the dock are only two people living in Vilnius Gennady Ivanov, who in 1991 was chief of service of missile and artillery weapons of the 107th infantry division and was arrested in Lithuania armed forces veteran, retired Colonel, Russian citizen Yuri Mel. He, according to prosecutors, was one of the Soviet tanks during the storming of the TV tower.
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