In Lithuania, the Soviet symbols equated to Nazi: Diet countries made amendments to the Law on Assemblies, which forbid, and other signs. The prohibition applies to the Nazi swastika, Russian-pointed star, also hymns of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and the Lithuanian SSR. In accordance with the latest version of the law on rallies are not allowed to show the Nazi swastika and the Russian hammer and sickle, the portraits of Governors of Nazi Germany and Soviet functionaries, perform the Nazi and Russian anthems.
The document notes that the symbolism of this kind can be perceived as "propaganda of the Nazi or communist occupation regime." Earlier, a similar bill was passed in the first reading by the Parliament of Estonia. The document introduces the responsibility for distributing Russian and Nazi symbols, however, you can use them in artistic and educational purposes.
Hanna Sous: Emperor Wenceslas, please tell me, who was a pioneer to amend the Law on Assembly? What this proposal argumentavalasya?
Vaclav Stankevich: The founder of these proposals was the Conservative faction and the main aim is that Lithuania, the Lithuanian people, have suffered from the 1st and second regime during World War II, and in the Russian era, and Lithuania, as a member of NATO, EU country has its own way , the path of democratic development. For Lithuania at present day and the future of Western values is very important because in the proposal for this law was that we need to disassociate themselves from the 1st and the second mode and go their own method. Most of the members of the Diet yesterday voted in favor of such a law.
Sous: Supported the deputies of society in decision to ban Soviet and Nazi symbols?
Stankevich: We did not organize a referendum on this issue, but as a citizen of Lithuania can say that excellent mood and feel the pulse of our society, it seems to me, and I do not see that there was some nostalgia for Russian or Nazi symbolism. I see no special resistance to the law of the society. In-2, I do not see that in the society or the political elite were some negative sentiment towards other states, referring to the symbolism. Nothing I do not see this with the current Russian or the other state. We’re talking about 2-totalitarian regimes, which have already passed into history.
Sous: Ban only applies to Meeting or Russian and Nazi symbols is prohibited for consumption in all areas?
StankevichI agree, maybe this law is insignificant and cheeses, but it made a major first step to dissociate themselves from these bad things. While the question of assembly and demonstration. Yesterday was also a proposal to ban the symbols and inside parties, but this law has not passed yesterday, so that is concerned only with demonstrations, rallies, public meetings.
I can not remember the loud cases, that in Lithuania soon took advantage of this symbolism. As I read, it is felt in our society indifferent mood to symbols 1 and the second mode. On the other hand, I’m glad that there is at the moment the law, there are independent courts, so that the law will now regulate such matters. But such, so the streets wore the symbolism and used it for political purposes — such in Lithuania was not.
Sous: Do you think there will be in practical use prepyadstviya law — and how they will be addressed? What punishment is foreseen for the implementation of Russian and Nazi symbols?
Stankevich: I’m not a lawyer, I have at hand at the moment is not the law, but the punishment is there — it’s the law, and not just empty words.
Sous: Do fascism was Nuremberg, but communism still has not got under real international court, although specifically in Lithuania reversing eight years spent public trial over communism. At one time, Vytautas Landsbergis claimed compensation from the Russian occupation, though not very successfully. Do you think that the decision to ban Soviet symbols, anthems of the USSR and the Lithuanian SSR, Soviet functionaries portraits — how it will affect relations with Russia, where management and most of the population is rather loyal to at least the Russian symbolism?
StankevichI hope that will be the case with the Russian decent. Indeed, I wholeheartedly believe in it, because yesterday I voted for this law, and I hope that our Russian colleagues usvoyut that it has nothing to do with Russia. I have now read the submission of certain Russian politicians who are very unhappy that our laws, but I do not understand why they are so worried — we have nothing against Russia, it is against the Russian regime, from which, incidentally, Macha itself Our homeland, Russian people . .. Because I hope that over time we parazumeemsya — you need to explain and neighbors, and our society the main aspects of the law. It has nothing to do with unresolved issues between Lithuania and Russia. This is a separate issue concerning only Russian regime.
Sous: Unlike Estonia, in Lithuania at the time, first the 1990s and swiftly with virtually no problems dealt with the Russian monuments and businessman Vilyumas Malinauskas made from their currently known to the world’s Sculpture Park Russian period where a lot of both Stalin and Russian fighter and Snechkusav. Tell me, please, why specifically presently there the issue of banning Russian and Nazi symbols?
StankevichAs I read, for Lithuania is today not a burning question — just the time came, fellow conservatives have shown such an initiative, that’s all. It could be earlier or later — indeed, it is not burning. But we have a legal country because wished that the regulation was within the law, and because there was such an initiative.
Sous: I have a question for you personally. Please tell me any of your family has suffered from the communist regime, and that your personal position on this issue?
Stankevich: I see. And Janka Stankevich, and Adam Stankevich … At the moment, we realize that it was a criminal regime, he brought a lot of suffering and the Belarusian and Lithuanian people. So I’m glad that someone is Lithuania, democratic way.
Sous: I was at one time very impressed KGB Museum in the former KGB building in the center of Vilnius. Emperor Wenceslas, do you think that could ever appear similar museum in the building of the KGB?
Stankevich: I hope so. Tags: Lithuania, Stankevich, Diet, symbolism