Sunday, May 29, 2022

Vytautas Landsbergis

Vytautas Landsbergis (1932) is a Lithuanian politician and former Member of the European Parliament. He was the first Head of Parliament of Lithuania after its independence declaration from the Soviet Union.

He has written 20 books on a variety of topics, including a biography of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, as well as works on politics and music. He is a founding signatory of the Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism, and a member of the international advisory council of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

In January 2005, Landsbergis, backed by Member of the European Parliament from Hungary Jozsef Szajer, urged that Communist symbols be banned in the European Union, in addition to Nazi symbols.

The First Vicespeaker of the Russian State Duma called the proposal "abnormal", a Russian Communist MP commented that "somebody in Europe became insolent and forgot who saved them from the fascists".

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