Lithua­nian court con­victs sup­porter of Stalin, Soviet de­por­ta­tions

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A court in Lithua­nia has handed a house ar­rest to a man for ex­press­ing pub­lic sup­port to no­to­ri­ous head of the for­mer USSR, Joseph Stalin, and Soviet crimes against Lithua­ni­ans.

As the British news por­tal Daily Mail On­line cited U.S. news agency As­so­ci­ated Press, the Vil­nius Dis­trict Court on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 30, de­cided that 67-year-old Yuri Subotin must re­main at home be­tween 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. ev­ery day for 14 months, be­cause he was found guilty ex­press­ing pub­lic sup­port for crimes com­mit­ted by the Soviet regime against Lithua­nia.

The court es­tab­lished that Subotin, a Lithua­nian ci­ti­zen of Rus­sian eth­nic­ity, had posted on the in­ter­net sev­eral of­fen­sive com­ments, among them be­ing that eval­u­ated pos­i­tively the de­por­ta­tions of Lithua­ni­ans to Siberia in 1940s.

The man has de­nied wrong­do­ing and plans to ap­peal against the rul­ing.

AFP/SCANPIX

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