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Week in Lithuania. Remains of legendary Lithuanian partisan commander found

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Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, a commander of Lithuanian anti-Soviet partisans

The remains of Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, a commander of Lithuanian partisans who fought against the Soviet occupation, have been found this week by archaeologists at the Orphans’ Cemetery in Antakalnis, Vilnius.

The remains’ authenticity has been confirmed through an anthropological analysis, the comparison of skull and personal photos and DNA tests.

Ramanauskas-Vanagas lead partisans in the southern region of Dzūkija. Together with other partisan commanders, he signed the Lithuanian Partisans Declaration of February 16, 1949.

According to Vilnius University’s Associate Professor Gintaitas Velius, the initial goal of the archaeological research was to find out if the remains of people sentenced to death and killed at the KGB prison in Vilnius were buried at the Orphans’ Cemetery in 1956-1969.

The remains of 27 people killed at the KGB and Lukiškės prisons have been found during the excavations, and they are being identified. The archaeological work will continue, aimed at finding the burial sites of other people who sacrificed their lives for Lithuania’s freedom.

Based on the research carried out by the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania, 206 people were executed in Vilnius in 1956-1969, including 76 people charged for political crimes and executed at the KGB prison. 130 people were sentenced to death by shooting for criminal offences and executed at Lukiškės Prison.

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Following such changes, the price of a pack of 20 cigarettes would grow around 11 euro cents on average (the price of the cheapest cigarettes would go up 0.15 euro). The price of a pack of ten cigarillos would increase around 0.12 euros, and the price of 30 grams of smoking tobacco would be up 0.3 euros.

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Crypt found near Pushkin’s museum in Vilnius

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Lithuania launches tender for GIPL construction work

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Vilnius hosts Women Political Leaders Summit

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Payment service fined

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