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Week in Lithuania. Liberal Movement to turn to court over VSD statements

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The board of Lithuania’s Liberal Movement has decided to turn to court over information published by the State Security Department (VSD), allegedly damaging the party’s reputation.

«We have decided that we, as a party, have to turn to court over damage to our reputation and demand refutation of claims made in the SSD report,» the party’s leader Eugenijus Gentvilas said on Friday, May 18.

In his words, the lawsuit will demand refutation of the claims that the party was founded by MG Baltic, that the party was in reality controlled by MG Baltic, and also that the election of our chairman, Petras Auštrevičius, in 2006 was also fully controlled. In its report to the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence, the State Security Department states that the Liberal Movement, founded in 2006, was a long-term political project of MG Baltic, fully controlled by the business group’s executives and aimed at eliminating MG Baltic’s competitors in the construction business in Vilnius.

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