- November 26, 2018
The court: Russian councilor from Klaipeda broke the oath
The Lithuanian Administrative Court announced that the councilor of the city of Klaipeda from the Union of Russians Vyacheslav Titov broke the oath when he accused the commander of the Lithuanian partisans Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas of mass murder of the civilians.
A few months ago, Titov protested against the commemoration of Vangas in Klaipeda. “Do you really think that it is worth commemorating a person whose initiative was to murder 8,000 civilians and children? I think that Klaipeda can not afford commemorating such figures,” Titov said.
Titov is a councilman from the Lithuanian Union of Russians. Previously, he belonged to the Labor Party.
The public prosecutor’s office and the municipal authorities became interested in this case. “The Klaipeda District Prosecutor’s Office, on the request of prosecutor Simonas Minkevičius, initiated preparatory proceedings against the city councilor of Klaipeda, Vyacheslav Titov because of his words about the commander of the Lithuanian partisans, Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas,” General Public Prosecutor’s Office informed in July. Wheres the coucil started the process of impeachment.
A few weeks ago, in the media appeared information that Titov will attend the International Yalta Forum next year, which will take place on Crimea annexed by Russia. “I want to see what is happening there, what is the potential, maybe it will be beneficial for Lithuania, ” the councilman told journalists.
The international community does not recognize the annexation of Crimea in spring 2014. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania advises citizens not to travel to the peninsula because of “complicated security situation and limited connections”. According to Titov, the aim of his visiting Crimea is not about “recognition or non-recognition, but about economic potential”.
Translated by Iryna Lehenka within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.