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Chief editor and owner of the Lithuanian newspaper Respublika, Vitas Tomkus published on the pages of his publications to the list of people who in Soviet times, allegedly secretly collaborated with the KGB. It was known in the Republic the names of public figures, artists, politicians. Including the President of the Republic. “Ribbon.ru” understood, can we trust this list and who needed now to light the fuse on this information bomb.

the Theme of informants, cooperating with the once all-powerful Soviet secret police, is for Lithuania one of the most painful. According to some, in the networks of the KGB since the mid-1940s to the early 1990s were more than 118 thousand Lithuanians. When Lithuania seceded from the Soviet Union these people were asked voluntarily to confess — promising instead that this information will not be made public. Then many came with their repentance to the state lustration Commission. At this step the state has gone in order to prevent the use of former agents of the Russian special services. They say that because the Russians won’t know who is admitted and who is not, they will be afraid to get in touch with all the Lithuanians who once collaborated with the KGB.

according to Tomkus by 2015, it became clear that the list of 1589 the former secret agents of the KGB were the names of people, quite a successful in modern Lithuania — they sit in the government and Parliament, occupy an important position in the business. In that year, the Sejm officially classify list for another seventy-five years — the bill was introduced by the then interior Minister Saulius Skordalia, who now heads the government and is considered one of the most likely candidates for presidency.

— Most politicians are horrified to refer to the disclosure of the names of the KGB, as it would mean a betrayal of the people who came to confess, — writes the journalist Egle Samarskite. — Hiding their data was confirmed not only in the act of 23 November 1999, but the statement of the Supreme Council of 27 March 1990, where it is said that those who confessed would not be subjected to moral, legal and other harassment by the authorities of the Republic of Lithuania. “The names that are in the list of secret informers, will never be officially confirmed, if you somehow will be made public”, — is spoken in the document.

However, in recent years in Lithuania are increasingly talking about the fact that this information should be made public. Moreover, the arguments in favor of this decision differ little from those in favor of classifying the list — like, if not to declassify the ex-informers, Russia will try to use any of them to your advantage. However, in September last year, the Sejm by a majority of votes refused to publish lists. Thus the press started to publish information about individuals allegedly involved in KGB — a very famous, but already deceased. So, the article on that theatre and film actor Donatas Banionis, who died in 2014, was allegedly recruited agents under the name Bronius, he published Zmonos, citing a national center for the research of genocide and resistance of Lithuanian residents. “According to data gleaned from the documents of the KGB, agent Bronius recruited in October 1970 in connection with his personal contacts with Lithuanians abroad”, — said center.

As wrote the edition, Banionis passed on to KGB data on the ethnic Lithuanians living in the United States. “In 1974 by Bronius agent of the intelligence network was removed due to the fact that in that year he was elected Deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian SSR” — written in the document. The son of actor, Director television and theatre Raimundas Banionis indignantly rejected the charges. “In 1970, father went to America, he told me that he had been summoned for a briefing on how to behave in this country. More from father I do on this account not heard. I do not know, do not understand what is happening here. Understand one thing, that it is necessary to collect suitcases and to run away from this country, as there is scary even to me,” says the son of Banionis.

By the way, Banionis himself in life, spoke candidly about his relationship with “the office”. In an interview with “Moskovsky Komsomolets” in 2009, artist told that on his return from abroad he had to write reports. “I don’t know, it’s recruitment, not recruitment. I wrote, met with someone who I saw. Of course, he lied, he got out, not to substitute good people. But still I had to do it, otherwise I would more abroad was not allowed, and I would not be able to work anywhere else. The KGB knew that I was lying, but they definitely needed to make to my case report”.

Former Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Povilas Gylys called on the head of the Centre of genocide and resistance of Lithuanian residents Teresa Birute Bureyskaya admit that the KGB worked and the former head of the Supreme Council of state Vytautas Landsbergis. “Well, Mrs. Bureyskaya, it’s time to tell the truth, and Grandpa (nickname Landsbergis). If you start to clean up Lithuania, so clean the next,” said Gillis. In turn, member of European Parliament, former Chairman of the Lithuanian labor Party Valentinas Mazuronis said that the charge in cooperation with KGB needs only living people. “Do not sling mud at those who died who was not involved in the atrocities of the KGB, who can’t defend himself. Why are these questions not asked them when it was possible?” — asks Mazuronis. The Deputy also called for “answers” about living, about those who actively participate in the political life of Lithuania.

How in the Respublika editorial office was the listing agent, editor in chief of Tomkus silent. But when he published part of the document, there appeared the names of the current President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, the “father of Lithuanian independence” Vytautas Landsbergis, Prime Minister Saulius Skordalia, former Ministers of defense of Race Jukneviciene and the Juozas Olekas, former Prime Ministers Andrius Kubilius and Algirdas Butkevičius, as well as many other well-known politicians, big businessmen, prominent journalists and artists.

Interestingly, this list Tomkus made himself. However, thoughtful readers who bought the newspaper, immediately began to Express doubts. For example, in the list, among others, were listed Valdas Adamkus. But for anybody not a secret that the former President of Lithuania Adamkus, in his youth, including the part of one who fought on the side of the Germans the Lithuanian units, in the 44th managed to retreat to Germany after the war went to the USA, where he spent most of his life. When he was recruited to the KGB? However, the publication was provided by a remark that the list could be the namesake-the namesake of the former head of state.

tellingly, Tomkus refused to put a list in the Internet and anyone who wants to read it I had to buy a newspaper room for one Euro. The second part he has promised to publish in the next issue in early March. Many readers expressed doubts that the continuation will actually follow. Tomkus because, according to them, could be accused of harming state security and a criminal case — against himself and against the editorial and printing, decided to print a number. But the room still came out and attracted the attention of the names of famous artists. Have refused and the aforementioned Banionis with the founder and the principal conductor of the Hermitage orchestra “St. Petersburg Camerata” Saulius Sondeckis, and the famous Mstislav Rostropovich, once received the title of honorary citizen of Vilnius for the support of independence of Lithuania, and Opera singer Virgilijus noreika. By an unhappy coincidence noreika died on March 3, the day of publication.

there is No evidence of the authenticity of the published information Tomkus not provided. But I discovered a new oddity: the appearance in the “list of informers” people who could not cooperate with the Soviet authorities because of their age. So, in the publication was, for example, the names of the parliamentarians of the mantas of Adomenas and Agne Biotite — one born in 1972, and the second altogether in 1982, and graduated from high school in 2000. “Oh, God! Mixed lists. Instead of a list of KGB printed lists Soros —ironically Tomkus. — Ask pardon of his readers, but to remake the newspaper no time. On the other hand, almost hundred percent of fellows Soros is added to the list of persons who collaborated with the KGB, so with a clear conscience continue on.”

one way or another, but his publications he put the authorities in a dead end: if we now apply to Tomkus any repression, there will always be people who will say that this is “revenge for the truth.” In this situation, the government chose the tactics of silence. “Just in the newspaper Respublika with a terrible roar exploded a bomb — has published a list of the KGB. After the explosion — ringing silence. Still trying to get my bearings and decide how to respond,” notes Povilas Gylys.

He believes that from the point of view of public interest should be a discussion at the national level. “This is not an ordinary incident — it has affected many famous and influential people in Lithuania — says Gillis. — We should discuss to what extent this list is authentic, what could be the consequences of its publication, and so on. Commercial TV and radio can pull away. Public translator in any case… Because he should implement our public interest. Our right to know…”

representatives of the party “Union of Fatherland — Christian Democrats of Lithuania”, however, claim that Tomkus spreads fake news. “This is not fake news. This is the end, ball editor. — Can its “moral honor” to go to the courts. But something yet no one dared to cross their thresholds”. The question of why this publication remains open. Some perceive Tomkus as such, the hero’s single, decided to bring “the truth to the people.”

Others believe that it is an information operation by Russian security services — although Tomkus, he said, the same negative applies to both Dalia grybauskaitė and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Finally, there is a third view — that all that Lithuanian intra-elite showdown and the main blow is directed against Grybauskaite. Next year she will leave the presidential post, but, apparently, intends to continue an active life in the Lithuanian politics. It is possible that it heads the government. In such a situation suspected of having links with the KGB could appear with the filing of potential adversaries “steel Did.”

Got

Chief editor and owner of the Lithuanian newspaper Respublika, Vitas Tomkus published on the pages of his publications to the list of people who in Soviet times, allegedly secretly collaborated with the KGB. It was known in the Republic the names of public figures, artists, politicians. Including the President of the Republic. “Ribbon.ru” understood, can we trust this list and who needed now to light the fuse on this information bomb.

the Theme of informants, cooperating with the once all-powerful Soviet secret police, is for Lithuania one of the most painful. According to some, in the networks of the KGB since the mid-1940s to the early 1990s were more than 118 thousand Lithuanians. When Lithuania seceded from the Soviet Union these people were asked voluntarily to confess — promising instead that this information will not be made public. Then many came with their repentance to the state lustration Commission. At this step the state has gone in order to prevent the use of former agents of the Russian special services. They say that because the Russians won’t know who is admitted and who is not, they will be afraid to get in touch with all the Lithuanians who once collaborated with the KGB.

according to Tomkus by 2015, it became clear that the list of 1589 the former secret agents of the KGB were the names of people, quite a successful in modern Lithuania — they sit in the government and Parliament, occupy an important position in the business. In that year, the Sejm officially classify list for another seventy-five years — the bill was introduced by the then interior Minister Saulius Skordalia, who now heads the government and is considered one of the most likely candidates for presidency.

— Most politicians are horrified to refer to the disclosure of the names of the KGB, as it would mean a betrayal of the people who came to confess, — writes the journalist Egle Samarskite. — Hiding their data was confirmed not only in the act of 23 November 1999, but the statement of the Supreme Council of 27 March 1990, where it is said that those who confessed would not be subjected to moral, legal and other harassment by the authorities of the Republic of Lithuania. “The names that are in the list of secret informers, will never be officially confirmed, if you somehow will be made public”, — is spoken in the document.

However, in recent years in Lithuania are increasingly talking about the fact that this information should be made public. Moreover, the arguments in favor of this decision differ little from those in favor of classifying the list — like, if not to declassify the ex-informers, Russia will try to use any of them to your advantage. However, in September last year, the Sejm by a majority of votes refused to publish lists. Thus the press started to publish information about individuals allegedly involved in KGB — a very famous, but already deceased. So, the article on that theatre and film actor Donatas Banionis, who died in 2014, was allegedly recruited agents under the name Bronius, he published Zmonos, citing a national center for the research of genocide and resistance of Lithuanian residents. “According to data gleaned from the documents of the KGB, agent Bronius recruited in October 1970 in connection with his personal contacts with Lithuanians abroad”, — said center.

As wrote the edition, Banionis passed on to KGB data on the ethnic Lithuanians living in the United States. “In 1974 by Bronius agent of the intelligence network was removed due to the fact that in that year he was elected Deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian SSR” — written in the document. The son of actor, Director television and theatre Raimundas Banionis indignantly rejected the charges. “In 1970, father went to America, he told me that he had been summoned for a briefing on how to behave in this country. More from father I do on this account not heard. I do not know, do not understand what is happening here. Understand one thing, that it is necessary to collect suitcases and to run away from this country, as there is scary even to me,” says the son of Banionis.

By the way, Banionis himself in life, spoke candidly about his relationship with “the office”. In an interview with “Moskovsky Komsomolets” in 2009, artist told that on his return from abroad he had to write reports. “I don’t know, it’s recruitment, not recruitment. I wrote, met with someone who I saw. Of course, he lied, he got out, not to substitute good people. But still I had to do it, otherwise I would more abroad was not allowed, and I would not be able to work anywhere else. The KGB knew that I was lying, but they definitely needed to make to my case report”.

Former Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Povilas Gylys called on the head of the Centre of genocide and resistance of Lithuanian residents Teresa Birute Bureyskaya admit that the KGB worked and the former head of the Supreme Council of state Vytautas Landsbergis. “Well, Mrs. Bureyskaya, it’s time to tell the truth, and Grandpa (nickname Landsbergis). If you start to clean up Lithuania, so clean the next,” said Gillis. In turn, member of European Parliament, former Chairman of the Lithuanian labor Party Valentinas Mazuronis said that the charge in cooperation with KGB needs only living people. “Do not sling mud at those who died who was not involved in the atrocities of the KGB, who can’t defend himself. Why are these questions not asked them when it was possible?” — asks Mazuronis. The Deputy also called for “answers” about living, about those who actively participate in the political life of Lithuania.

How in the Respublika editorial office was the listing agent, editor in chief of Tomkus silent. But when he published part of the document, there appeared the names of the current President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, the “father of Lithuanian independence” Vytautas Landsbergis, Prime Minister Saulius Skordalia, former Ministers of defense of Race Jukneviciene and the Juozas Olekas, former Prime Ministers Andrius Kubilius and Algirdas Butkevičius, as well as many other well-known politicians, big businessmen, prominent journalists and artists.

Interestingly, this list Tomkus made himself. However, thoughtful readers who bought the newspaper, immediately began to Express doubts. For example, in the list, among others, were listed Valdas Adamkus. But for anybody not a secret that the former President of Lithuania Adamkus, in his youth, including the part of one who fought on the side of the Germans the Lithuanian units, in the 44th managed to retreat to Germany after the war went to the USA, where he spent most of his life. When he was recruited to the KGB? However, the publication was provided by a remark that the list could be the namesake-the namesake of the former head of state.

tellingly, Tomkus refused to put a list in the Internet and anyone who wants to read it I had to buy a newspaper room for one Euro. The second part he has promised to publish in the next issue in early March. Many readers expressed doubts that the continuation will actually follow. Tomkus because, according to them, could be accused of harming state security and a criminal case — against himself and against the editorial and printing, decided to print a number. But the room still came out and attracted the attention of the names of famous artists. Have refused and the aforementioned Banionis with the founder and the principal conductor of the Hermitage orchestra “St. Petersburg Camerata” Saulius Sondeckis, and the famous Mstislav Rostropovich, once received the title of honorary citizen of Vilnius for the support of independence of Lithuania, and Opera singer Virgilijus noreika. By an unhappy coincidence noreika died on March 3, the day of publication.

there is No evidence of the authenticity of the published information Tomkus not provided. But I discovered a new oddity: the appearance in the “list of informers” people who could not cooperate with the Soviet authorities because of their age. So, in the publication was, for example, the names of the parliamentarians of the mantas of Adomenas and Agne Biotite — one born in 1972, and the second altogether in 1982, and graduated from high school in 2000. “Oh, God! Mixed lists. Instead of a list of KGB printed lists Soros —ironically Tomkus. — Ask pardon of his readers, but to remake the newspaper no time. On the other hand, almost hundred percent of fellows Soros is added to the list of persons who collaborated with the KGB, so with a clear conscience continue on.”

one way or another, but his publications he put the authorities in a dead end: if we now apply to Tomkus any repression, there will always be people who will say that this is “revenge for the truth.” In this situation, the government chose the tactics of silence. “Just in the newspaper Respublika with a terrible roar exploded a bomb — has published a list of the KGB. After the explosion — ringing silence. Still trying to get my bearings and decide how to respond,” notes Povilas Gylys.

He believes that from the point of view of public interest should be a discussion at the national level. “This is not an ordinary incident — it has affected many famous and influential people in Lithuania — says Gillis. — We should discuss to what extent this list is authentic, what could be the consequences of its publication, and so on. Commercial TV and radio can pull away. Public translator in any case… Because he should implement our public interest. Our right to know…”

representatives of the party “Union of Fatherland — Christian Democrats of Lithuania”, however, claim that Tomkus spreads fake news. “This is not fake news. This is the end, ball editor. — Can its “moral honor” to go to the courts. But something yet no one dared to cross their thresholds”. The question of why this publication remains open. Some perceive Tomkus as such, the hero’s single, decided to bring “the truth to the people.”

Others believe that it is an information operation by Russian security services — although Tomkus, he said, the same negative applies to both Dalia grybauskaitė and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Finally, there is a third view — that all that Lithuanian intra-elite showdown and the main blow is directed against Grybauskaite. Next year she will leave the presidential post, but, apparently, intends to continue an active life in the Lithuanian politics. It is possible that it heads the government. In such a situation suspected of having links with the KGB could appear with the filing of potential adversaries “steel Did.”

Got

Chief editor and owner of the Lithuanian newspaper Respublika, Vitas Tomkus published on the pages of his publications to the list of people who in Soviet times, allegedly secretly collaborated with the KGB. It was known in the Republic the names of public figures, artists, politicians. Including the President of the Republic. “Ribbon.ru” understood, can we trust this list and who needed now to light the fuse on this information bomb.

the Theme of informants, cooperating with the once all-powerful Soviet secret police, is for Lithuania one of the most painful. According to some, in the networks of the KGB since the mid-1940s to the early 1990s were more than 118 thousand Lithuanians. When Lithuania seceded from the Soviet Union these people were asked voluntarily to confess — promising instead that this information will not be made public. Then many came with their repentance to the state lustration Commission. At this step the state has gone in order to prevent the use of former agents of the Russian special services. They say that because the Russians won’t know who is admitted and who is not, they will be afraid to get in touch with all the Lithuanians who once collaborated with the KGB.

according to Tomkus by 2015, it became clear that the list of 1589 the former secret agents of the KGB were the names of people, quite a successful in modern Lithuania — they sit in the government and Parliament, occupy an important position in the business. In that year, the Sejm officially classify list for another seventy-five years — the bill was introduced by the then interior Minister Saulius Skordalia, who now heads the government and is considered one of the most likely candidates for presidency.

— Most politicians are horrified to refer to the disclosure of the names of the KGB, as it would mean a betrayal of the people who came to confess, — writes the journalist Egle Samarskite. — Hiding their data was confirmed not only in the act of 23 November 1999, but the statement of the Supreme Council of 27 March 1990, where it is said that those who confessed would not be subjected to moral, legal and other harassment by the authorities of the Republic of Lithuania. “The names that are in the list of secret informers, will never be officially confirmed, if you somehow will be made public”, — is spoken in the document.

However, in recent years in Lithuania are increasingly talking about the fact that this information should be made public. Moreover, the arguments in favor of this decision differ little from those in favor of classifying the list — like, if not to declassify the ex-informers, Russia will try to use any of them to your advantage. However, in September last year, the Sejm by a majority of votes refused to publish lists. Thus the press started to publish information about individuals allegedly involved in KGB — a very famous, but already deceased. So, the article on that theatre and film actor Donatas Banionis, who died in 2014, was allegedly recruited agents under the name Bronius, he published Zmonos, citing a national center for the research of genocide and resistance of Lithuanian residents. “According to data gleaned from the documents of the KGB, agent Bronius recruited in October 1970 in connection with his personal contacts with Lithuanians abroad”, — said center.

As wrote the edition, Banionis passed on to KGB data on the ethnic Lithuanians living in the United States. “In 1974 by Bronius agent of the intelligence network was removed due to the fact that in that year he was elected Deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian SSR” — written in the document. The son of actor, Director television and theatre Raimundas Banionis indignantly rejected the charges. “In 1970, father went to America, he told me that he had been summoned for a briefing on how to behave in this country. More from father I do on this account not heard. I do not know, do not understand what is happening here. Understand one thing, that it is necessary to collect suitcases and to run away from this country, as there is scary even to me,” says the son of Banionis.

By the way, Banionis himself in life, spoke candidly about his relationship with “the office”. In an interview with “Moskovsky Komsomolets” in 2009, artist told that on his return from abroad he had to write reports. “I don’t know, it’s recruitment, not recruitment. I wrote, met with someone who I saw. Of course, he lied, he got out, not to substitute good people. But still I had to do it, otherwise I would more abroad was not allowed, and I would not be able to work anywhere else. The KGB knew that I was lying, but they definitely needed to make to my case report”.

Former Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Povilas Gylys called on the head of the Centre of genocide and resistance of Lithuanian residents Teresa Birute Bureyskaya admit that the KGB worked and the former head of the Supreme Council of state Vytautas Landsbergis. “Well, Mrs. Bureyskaya, it’s time to tell the truth, and Grandpa (nickname Landsbergis). If you start to clean up Lithuania, so clean the next,” said Gillis. In turn, member of European Parliament, former Chairman of the Lithuanian labor Party Valentinas Mazuronis said that the charge in cooperation with KGB needs only living people. “Do not sling mud at those who died who was not involved in the atrocities of the KGB, who can’t defend himself. Why are these questions not asked them when it was possible?” — asks Mazuronis. The Deputy also called for “answers” about living, about those who actively participate in the political life of Lithuania.

How in the Respublika editorial office was the listing agent, editor in chief of Tomkus silent. But when he published part of the document, there appeared the names of the current President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, the “father of Lithuanian independence” Vytautas Landsbergis, Prime Minister Saulius Skordalia, former Ministers of defense of Race Jukneviciene and the Juozas Olekas, former Prime Ministers Andrius Kubilius and Algirdas Butkevičius, as well as many other well-known politicians, big businessmen, prominent journalists and artists.

Interestingly, this list Tomkus made himself. However, thoughtful readers who bought the newspaper, immediately began to Express doubts. For example, in the list, among others, were listed Valdas Adamkus. But for anybody not a secret that the former President of Lithuania Adamkus, in his youth, including the part of one who fought on the side of the Germans the Lithuanian units, in the 44th managed to retreat to Germany after the war went to the USA, where he spent most of his life. When he was recruited to the KGB? However, the publication was provided by a remark that the list could be the namesake-the namesake of the former head of state.

tellingly, Tomkus refused to put a list in the Internet and anyone who wants to read it I had to buy a newspaper room for one Euro. The second part he has promised to publish in the next issue in early March. Many readers expressed doubts that the continuation will actually follow. Tomkus because, according to them, could be accused of harming state security and a criminal case — against himself and against the editorial and printing, decided to print a number. But the room still came out and attracted the attention of the names of famous artists. Have refused and the aforementioned Banionis with the founder and the principal conductor of the Hermitage orchestra “St. Petersburg Camerata” Saulius Sondeckis, and the famous Mstislav Rostropovich, once received the title of honorary citizen of Vilnius for the support of independence of Lithuania, and Opera singer Virgilijus noreika. By an unhappy coincidence noreika died on March 3, the day of publication.

there is No evidence of the authenticity of the published information Tomkus not provided. But I discovered a new oddity: the appearance in the “list of informers” people who could not cooperate with the Soviet authorities because of their age. So, in the publication was, for example, the names of the parliamentarians of the mantas of Adomenas and Agne Biotite — one born in 1972, and the second altogether in 1982, and graduated from high school in 2000. “Oh, God! Mixed lists. Instead of a list of KGB printed lists Soros —ironically Tomkus. — Ask pardon of his readers, but to remake the newspaper no time. On the other hand, almost hundred percent of fellows Soros is added to the list of persons who collaborated with the KGB, so with a clear conscience continue on.”

one way or another, but his publications he put the authorities in a dead end: if we now apply to Tomkus any repression, there will always be people who will say that this is “revenge for the truth.” In this situation, the government chose the tactics of silence. “Just in the newspaper Respublika with a terrible roar exploded a bomb — has published a list of the KGB. After the explosion — ringing silence. Still trying to get my bearings and decide how to respond,” notes Povilas Gylys.

He believes that from the point of view of public interest should be a discussion at the national level. “This is not an ordinary incident — it has affected many famous and influential people in Lithuania — says Gillis. — We should discuss to what extent this list is authentic, what could be the consequences of its publication, and so on. Commercial TV and radio can pull away. Public translator in any case… Because he should implement our public interest. Our right to know…”

representatives of the party “Union of Fatherland — Christian Democrats of Lithuania”, however, claim that Tomkus spreads fake news. “This is not fake news. This is the end, ball editor. — Can its “moral honor” to go to the courts. But something yet no one dared to cross their thresholds”. The question of why this publication remains open. Some perceive Tomkus as such, the hero’s single, decided to bring “the truth to the people.”

Others believe that it is an information operation by Russian security services — although Tomkus, he said, the same negative applies to both Dalia grybauskaitė and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Finally, there is a third view — that all that Lithuanian intra-elite showdown and the main blow is directed against Grybauskaite. Next year she will leave the presidential post, but, apparently, intends to continue an active life in the Lithuanian politics. It is possible that it heads the government. In such a situation suspected of having links with the KGB could appear with the filing of potential adversaries “steel Did.”

Got

Chief editor and owner of the Lithuanian newspaper Respublika, Vitas Tomkus published on the pages of his publications to the list of people who in Soviet times, allegedly secretly collaborated with the KGB. It was known in the Republic the names of public figures, artists, politicians. Including the President of the Republic. “Ribbon.ru” understood, can we trust this list and who needed now to light the fuse on this information bomb.

the Theme of informants, cooperating with the once all-powerful Soviet secret police, is for Lithuania one of the most painful. According to some, in the networks of the KGB since the mid-1940s to the early 1990s were more than 118 thousand Lithuanians. When Lithuania seceded from the Soviet Union these people were asked voluntarily to confess — promising instead that this information will not be made public. Then many came with their repentance to the state lustration Commission. At this step the state has gone in order to prevent the use of former agents of the Russian special services. They say that because the Russians won’t know who is admitted and who is not, they will be afraid to get in touch with all the Lithuanians who once collaborated with the KGB.

according to Tomkus by 2015, it became clear that the list of 1589 the former secret agents of the KGB were the names of people, quite a successful in modern Lithuania — they sit in the government and Parliament, occupy an important position in the business. In that year, the Sejm officially classify list for another seventy-five years — the bill was introduced by the then interior Minister Saulius Skordalia, who now heads the government and is considered one of the most likely candidates for presidency.

— Most politicians are horrified to refer to the disclosure of the names of the KGB, as it would mean a betrayal of the people who came to confess, — writes the journalist Egle Samarskite. — Hiding their data was confirmed not only in the act of 23 November 1999, but the statement of the Supreme Council of 27 March 1990, where it is said that those who confessed would not be subjected to moral, legal and other harassment by the authorities of the Republic of Lithuania. “The names that are in the list of secret informers, will never be officially confirmed, if you somehow will be made public”, — is spoken in the document.

However, in recent years in Lithuania are increasingly talking about the fact that this information should be made public. Moreover, the arguments in favor of this decision differ little from those in favor of classifying the list — like, if not to declassify the ex-informers, Russia will try to use any of them to your advantage. However, in September last year, the Sejm by a majority of votes refused to publish lists. Thus the press started to publish information about individuals allegedly involved in KGB — a very famous, but already deceased. So, the article on that theatre and film actor Donatas Banionis, who died in 2014, was allegedly recruited agents under the name Bronius, he published Zmonos, citing a national center for the research of genocide and resistance of Lithuanian residents. “According to data gleaned from the documents of the KGB, agent Bronius recruited in October 1970 in connection with his personal contacts with Lithuanians abroad”, — said center.

As wrote the edition, Banionis passed on to KGB data on the ethnic Lithuanians living in the United States. “In 1974 by Bronius agent of the intelligence network was removed due to the fact that in that year he was elected Deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian SSR” — written in the document. The son of actor, Director television and theatre Raimundas Banionis indignantly rejected the charges. “In 1970, father went to America, he told me that he had been summoned for a briefing on how to behave in this country. More from father I do on this account not heard. I do not know, do not understand what is happening here. Understand one thing, that it is necessary to collect suitcases and to run away from this country, as there is scary even to me,” says the son of Banionis.

By the way, Banionis himself in life, spoke candidly about his relationship with “the office”. In an interview with “Moskovsky Komsomolets” in 2009, artist told that on his return from abroad he had to write reports. “I don’t know, it’s recruitment, not recruitment. I wrote, met with someone who I saw. Of course, he lied, he got out, not to substitute good people. But still I had to do it, otherwise I would more abroad was not allowed, and I would not be able to work anywhere else. The KGB knew that I was lying, but they definitely needed to make to my case report”.

Former Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Povilas Gylys called on the head of the Centre of genocide and resistance of Lithuanian residents Teresa Birute Bureyskaya admit that the KGB worked and the former head of the Supreme Council of state Vytautas Landsbergis. “Well, Mrs. Bureyskaya, it’s time to tell the truth, and Grandpa (nickname Landsbergis). If you start to clean up Lithuania, so clean the next,” said Gillis. In turn, member of European Parliament, former Chairman of the Lithuanian labor Party Valentinas Mazuronis said that the charge in cooperation with KGB needs only living people. “Do not sling mud at those who died who was not involved in the atrocities of the KGB, who can’t defend himself. Why are these questions not asked them when it was possible?” — asks Mazuronis. The Deputy also called for “answers” about living, about those who actively participate in the political life of Lithuania.

How in the Respublika editorial office was the listing agent, editor in chief of Tomkus silent. But when he published part of the document, there appeared the names of the current President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, the “father of Lithuanian independence” Vytautas Landsbergis, Prime Minister Saulius Skordalia, former Ministers of defense of Race Jukneviciene and the Juozas Olekas, former Prime Ministers Andrius Kubilius and Algirdas Butkevičius, as well as many other well-known politicians, big businessmen, prominent journalists and artists.

Interestingly, this list Tomkus made himself. However, thoughtful readers who bought the newspaper, immediately began to Express doubts. For example, in the list, among others, were listed Valdas Adamkus. But for anybody not a secret that the former President of Lithuania Adamkus, in his youth, including the part of one who fought on the side of the Germans the Lithuanian units, in the 44th managed to retreat to Germany after the war went to the USA, where he spent most of his life. When he was recruited to the KGB? However, the publication was provided by a remark that the list could be the namesake-the namesake of the former head of state.

tellingly, Tomkus refused to put a list in the Internet and anyone who wants to read it I had to buy a newspaper room for one Euro. The second part he has promised to publish in the next issue in early March. Many readers expressed doubts that the continuation will actually follow. Tomkus because, according to them, could be accused of harming state security and a criminal case — against himself and against the editorial and printing, decided to print a number. But the room still came out and attracted the attention of the names of famous artists. Have refused and the aforementioned Banionis with the founder and the principal conductor of the Hermitage orchestra “St. Petersburg Camerata” Saulius Sondeckis, and the famous Mstislav Rostropovich, once received the title of honorary citizen of Vilnius for the support of independence of Lithuania, and Opera singer Virgilijus noreika. By an unhappy coincidence noreika died on March 3, the day of publication.

there is No evidence of the authenticity of the published information Tomkus not provided. But I discovered a new oddity: the appearance in the “list of informers” people who could not cooperate with the Soviet authorities because of their age. So, in the publication was, for example, the names of the parliamentarians of the mantas of Adomenas and Agne Biotite — one born in 1972, and the second altogether in 1982, and graduated from high school in 2000. “Oh, God! Mixed lists. Instead of a list of KGB printed lists Soros —ironically Tomkus. — Ask pardon of his readers, but to remake the newspaper no time. On the other hand, almost hundred percent of fellows Soros is added to the list of persons who collaborated with the KGB, so with a clear conscience continue on.”

one way or another, but his publications he put the authorities in a dead end: if we now apply to Tomkus any repression, there will always be people who will say that this is “revenge for the truth.” In this situation, the government chose the tactics of silence. “Just in the newspaper Respublika with a terrible roar exploded a bomb — has published a list of the KGB. After the explosion — ringing silence. Still trying to get my bearings and decide how to respond,” notes Povilas Gylys.

He believes that from the point of view of public interest should be a discussion at the national level. “This is not an ordinary incident — it has affected many famous and influential people in Lithuania — says Gillis. — We should discuss to what extent this list is authentic, what could be the consequences of its publication, and so on. Commercial TV and radio can pull away. Public translator in any case… Because he should implement our public interest. Our right to know…”

representatives of the party “Union of Fatherland — Christian Democrats of Lithuania”, however, claim that Tomkus spreads fake news. “This is not fake news. This is the end, ball editor. — Can its “moral honor” to go to the courts. But something yet no one dared to cross their thresholds”. The question of why this publication remains open. Some perceive Tomkus as such, the hero’s single, decided to bring “the truth to the people.”

Others believe that it is an information operation by Russian security services — although Tomkus, he said, the same negative applies to both Dalia grybauskaitė and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Finally, there is a third view — that all that Lithuanian intra-elite showdown and the main blow is directed against Grybauskaite. Next year she will leave the presidential post, but, apparently, intends to continue an active life in the Lithuanian politics. It is possible that it heads the government. In such a situation suspected of having links with the KGB could appear with the filing of potential adversaries “steel Did.”

Local warming

Prime Minister of Lithuania, Squirrels began his political year with the fact that literally stunned local politicians, a statement about the necessity of establishing relations with Russia. And this is after representatives of the Lithuanian political elite for many years, do not call other than Russia “an aggressor” and “terrorist state”. “Ribbon.ru” understood what caused the change of position of the head of the Lithuanian government.

About the possibility of improving bilateral relations in the last days of December last year, said the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite — as you know, a consistent critic of Moscow. She acknowledged that Russia still long time will remain “difficult” neighbour of Lithuania. “But I would not want to give up or say that it is not necessary to communicate, noted the head of state. — Everything changes. Changing geopolitical situation, it is always necessary to maintain the willingness to be open to change — and, if necessary, to change its position without abandoning our values. It is better to co-operate and trade than fight.”

However, the President, as usual, has put several conditions for such cooperation: Russia’s refusal of the “occupied territories” and the desire to impose by force their own interests, non-interference in elections in other countries. “We are always ready to cooperate with neighbors who do not choose. Because cooperation contributes to the security of our state and interests of our people”, — said Grybauskaite.

To her in Moscow reacted with caution. “The attitude of the head of the Lithuanian state by Russia, we well know, is said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova. — If it’s not a PR stunt, and a really serious, thoughtful decision, we will judge it, not so much applications, how many of the real cases. Very often, statements and actions are in conflict. The head of Lithuania declared the need to demonstrate flexibility. We don’t mind if Dalia Grybauskaite it will show”.

After the Lithuanian President the flexibility decided to show the Prime Minister Saulius Squirrels. “We are a unique state of the EU without any, I stress, absolutely all contacts with the country of Russia. Although other countries, those neighboring States are actively working with the Russians on economic issues,” said Squirrels in the national television. According to him, the question of relations with Russia should be a more pragmatic approach, adhering to the strategic boundaries established in the Lithuanian foreign policy. “Contacts with neighbouring States must be restored, and the new year is favorable for such actions”, — concluded the Prime Minister.

the Prime Minister of the Lithuanian politicians are perceived, to put it mildly, ambiguous. The disagreement Skordalia expressed even by members of his Cabinet. So, the Prime Minister was forced to engage in a dispute with foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, who expressed confidence that the summit level contacts between Vilnius and Moscow is impossible at the moment. At least until then while Russia will not return Crimea to Ukraine. The Prime Minister, in turn, said about the need to resume the work of the Lithuanian-Russian intergovernmental Commission, because Lithuania is required for an open dialogue of professionals in the areas of trade, energy, transport, agriculture and so on.

No contacts at the level of Ministers and their deputies, Squirrels calls an unhealthy phenomenon that is “detrimental to the interests of States and peoples”. According to him, negotiations between Vilnius and Moscow should be conducted in the best interests of Lithuania. Of the urgent issues to be addressed, Squirrels declared named Russia’s embargo on agricultural products. “We are not Russophobes. With Russia should be dialogue”, — concluded the Prime Minister.

“We should behave like the majority of EU countries — like Germany or Finland — said the Prime Minister in an interview with German newspaper Bild. — We adhere to an agreed position. We do not doubt sanctions or opinion about the aggression of Russia against Ukraine. We don’t change positions on the issue that Russia must adhere to international law and its obligations. At the same time, there are certain interests of our residents and business”.

However, foreign Minister Linkevicius is confident that there is no sense to plan high-level meetings. In his said, grounds for political dialogue and political cooperation already is. “For example, last year almost 30 per cent increase in our exports to Russia, despite the mutual sanctions. And the tourist flows have increased, says the Minister. — At the end of last year completed the demarcation of the border with Russia. It is a huge job, it lasted 12 years. Of course, intense this relationship is not known, but things are done”.

the Theme of the dialogue with Moscow was in Lithuania so severe that even careful rhetoric Skordalia caused a negative reaction. Political commentator Rimvydas Valatka called the premiere a “Shvonder”. The mayor of Kaunas, Visvaldas, Meteorites when its on TV asked, for it or against improvement of relations with the Russians, tried to evade a direct answer. Refused to support the initiative Skordalia and former EU Ambassador to Russia Vygaudas ušackas, who had always been considered a supporter of a balanced and constructive way. But its “integer”, according to experts, most likely due to the fact that Usackas is not averse to running for the presidency — and now he needs to get rid of spots “Pro-Russian”, which appeared once a few years ago he dared play basketball with Russian officials of high rank.

Of the well-known Lithuanian politicians Skordalia supported only member of the European Commission, Vytenis Andriukaitis and ex-President Rolandas Paksas, but today, they are not considered to be influential figures.

Ramunas Karbauskis, the head of the ruling party Union of peasants and greens nominated Skordalia in premiere, tried to defend his protégé. He said, to establish channels of communication with Russia is necessary in the first place in order to indicate their position, not to shake things up. According to him, they talked about the need for communication as such, it was not an attempt to change the foreign policy of Lithuania in relation to Russia.

Here it should be noted that until recently Skordalia was called one of the main contenders for the presidency, which next year will leave Dalia Grybauskaite. In this regard, the political scientist Andrey Starikov in an interview with “Tape.ru” suggested that the Prime Minister tried to test the contours of a future election platform. “Non-political context of Lithuania and Russia really improved foreign Minister Linkevičius absolutely right. But a logical backup of the individual political success should be the intensification of political contacts,” — said the Elderly.

He recalled that the Union of farmers and greens, with whom the current Prime Minister of Lithuania went to the parliamentary elections, urged the authorities not to make enemies of the Russians and poles and to develop mutually beneficial relations with Russia. “However, after the election of Squerrels had to adjust its position in favor of right-wing conservative political forces — crushed political environment and the authority of the President, — said Starikov. Now the Squirrels tried to make another pass, again began flirting with the Russian theme. Inexperienced in foreign Affairs, Squirrels — the native Ministry of internal Affairs, previously he did not touch on the international agenda, but the presidential ambitions require”.

Yet the Prime Minister stubbornly insists on his own, saying things in Lithuania are almost blasphemous. For example, he puts on a par with Lithuanian and Russian propaganda. “The statements of our propagandists are no different from the propaganda on the other hand, the Prime Minister said in an interview on LRT. A recent survey showed that many citizens agree that we need even if not in friendship, but in certain contacts with Russia. It is 52 percent. Is this just another “wrong” poll? Or, maybe, after all, is to listen to the people?” Squirrels urged not to label “Kremlin agents” on those who Express dissenting opinions.

Indeed, the news Agency BNS published a survey according to which more than half of citizens supported the intention of the Prime Minister and only 26 percent opposed. It came as a total surprise to the political establishment. Well, because apparently, the Squirrels seem to really want to go to the President, he should listen to the sentiments of voters. And maybe he was one of the first to feel that the subject of normalization of relations with the Eastern neighbour is still popular in Lithuania.