Lithuania is eager to receive 800 billion dollars from the Russian Federation as the legal successor of the Soviet Union as “compensation for the Soviet occupation.” This requirement was included in Lithuanian legislation and formulated in the law of June 13, 2000 “On compensation for damage caused as a result of the occupation of the USSR.”
No negotiations on this issue could and are not being conducted. However, in 2015 Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania agreed to coordinate their financial claims in order to “The voice of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius was better heard on international platforms, be it the EU or the UN”…
Coordination could not be achieved, and the official Vilnius accused Moscow of “As soon as money comes up, Russia withdraws from further conversation”…
Russia is not going anywhere. She does not intend to get involved in pointless debates that are offensive to her state dignity. In 2005, Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the words “they will get ears from a dead donkey,” quite clearly outlined Moscow’s position on any “compensation” in principle. In June 2020, V. Putin in an article on the reasons for the outbreak of World War II in an American magazine National interest repeated: “There can be no bargaining over the recognition or non-recognition of the“ Soviet occupation ”of the Baltic states and the payment of material compensation to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. There was no “Soviet occupation” of the Baltic states “…
So the Baltics became part of the USSR, photo: infourok.ru
Russia rejects the thoroughly false thesis of the “Soviet occupation” of the Baltic states, proceeding from the fact that in the autumn of 1939, in solving its defensive tasks, the Soviet Union began the process of incorporation of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Their entry into the USSR was implemented on a contractual basis, with the consent of the elected local parliaments, which corresponded to the norms of international and state law of that time. The Baltic republics as part of the Union retained their authorities, language, and had representation in the Soviet higher state structures.
Prussian Memel – Stalin’s gift to Lithuania. Photo: forums.airbast.ru
As for Lithuania, how can you forget that in October 1939 Moscow returned to it the city of Vilna and the adjoining region, which were previously part of Poland. To talk about “occupation” in such circumstances is pure provocation, the height of absurdity. “This is not a lack of mind. This mind is like that “– says the deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Konstantin Zatulin. However, the Lithuanian authorities are not going to remove the issue from the agenda. The issue is constantly escalating on the eve of important events. This happened on the eve of February 16, the Day of the Lithuanian State.
The territories received by Lithuania from the hands of the “occupiers”, photo: maxpark.com
The song is not new, and they sing it louder and louder. Back in 2012, under the patronage of Dalia Grybauskaite, an interdepartmental working group counted about $ 20 billion in damage. The former chairman of the commission, Rasa Budbergite, argued that these were reparations, forced labor, exile, losses to the state, nature and culture. Today the same Budbergite has increased its claims 40 (!) Times and is talking about 800 billion dollars. The annual GDP of Lithuania is about 50 billion. That is, Vilnius wants to receive from the Russian Federation an amount equal to the GDP for 16 years. And here’s why: for “Killings of residents, genocide, repression and persecution of participants in the post-war resistance, losses from the nationalization of property of the population, the forcible planting of collective farms, expropriation of securities of legal entities, forced emigration of 1944, damage to public organizations”…
Even such a political fox as Vytautas Landsbergis feels uncomfortable with this. According to him, the interdepartmental commission was working in the wrong direction. When she began to count, the Lithuanians were laughed at: “How much they want!” Landsbergis believes that the issue should be constantly raised not in order to receive more or less money from Russia, but in order for the “occupation” to be recognized and so that it becomes a subject of wide discussion.
The Soviet oil refinery in Mazeikiai is one of the pillars of the Lithuanian economy, photo: neftegaz.ru
The current official Lithuania cannot admit that there was no “occupation”, and the inhabitants of Lithuania were content with life in the USSR. Fellow citizens who think so, Landsbergis and Budbergite call “Idiots, of which there are still a lot”… The issue of compensation for the occupation should not only be constantly raised in front of international organizations, but also the topic of distribution of financial flows between Moscow and Vilnius in the first 10-20 years of “occupation”, insist those who demand “compensation”. Vida Comichene, an employee of the National Center for the Study of Genocide and Population Resistance, claims that, according to official data from Soviet Lithuania, until 1957, in the first 10-20 years of “occupation”, she transferred 25 billion to the central budget, and received 1 billion. 24 billion is damage, give your money back!
In his usual manner, Vytautas Landsbergis exclaims with pathos: “We are accused of wanting to cash in on the suffering of our people. Compensation for damage is not profit, it is a question of justice. We did not receive compensation for the damage caused by the German occupation, because the Soviets took everything for themselves. This is the corner we were driven into. Let’s get out of it. And someday this issue with Russia will be resolved! “
Let’s disappoint the 88-year-old Lithuanian politician: the issue will never be resolved. For the “question” does not exist at all. Konstantin Zatulin noticed quite well: the pathos of Landsbergis is a coward’s revenge for the fear he experienced.
Maybe Russia’s refusal to develop relations with the Baltic republics should be formalized?
Cover photo: In October 1939, the city of Vilna was returned to Lithuania and became its capital Vilnius, source oko-planet.ru