Court upholds life sentence for Medininkai massacre perpetrator
An extended panel of judges of the Supreme Court of Lithuania has overruled the appeals filed by Konstantin Mikhailov, former OMON officer sentenced to life in the 1991 killing of Lithuanian border guards and police officers at the Medininkai border checkpoint. The seven Supreme Court judges endorsed the rulings of other courts, which have ruled that the Medininkai Massacre was part of the Soviet policies to keep Lithuania in the Soviet Union. The Supreme Court said that in Mikhailov’s testimony, he was not involved in the killings, as was denied by evidence contained in the case. The verdict is final and not subject to appeals.
Lithuanian prosecutors have established that Mikhailov, being a member of the Soviet Interior Ministry’s special police unit OMON and acting as part of a squad organized by Cheslav Mlynik, together with other members of the squad, Andrei Laktionov and Alexander Ryzhov, intentionally killed Lithuanian customs and police officers Antanas Musteikis, Stanislavas Orlavičius, Ričardas Rabavičius, Algirdas Kazlauskas, Juozas Janonis, Algimantas Juozakas and Mindaugas Balavakas, and attempted to kill Tomas Šernas.