Lithuanian court convicts supporter of Stalin, Soviet deportations
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.