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Thursday, 28 November 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Recent actions by the Russian Federation against Lithuanian judges, prosecutors and investigators involved in investigating the tragic events on 13 January 1991 in Vilnius (RC-B9-0182/2019, B9-0182/2019, B9-0183/2019, B9-0184/2019, B9-0185/2019, B9-0186/2019)
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  Tatjana Ždanoka (Verts/ALE). – Madam President, I voted against this resolution. An independent judiciary is impossible if there is a state monopoly on historic truth. In Lithuania, any deviation from the formula that only armed forces of the USSR were responsible for the deaths of 14 demonstrators on 13 January 1991 is a subject for criminal responsibility, and the journalist and politician of Lithuania, Algirdas Paleckis, who declared during a radio discussion that ‘it appears that in January 1991 our own people were shooting at their natives’, was sentenced to a fine, despite the fact that he found several witnesses and ballistic assessments showing that there were secret snipers on the roofs who were shooting civilians on 13 January 1991. Recently Algirdas was even arrested and accused of spying for Russia. Lithuania should abolish political restrictions on discussing and investigating the events of 13 January 1991.

 
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