Re­mains of Lithua­nia's rebel leader found

The Baltic Times - - BALTIC NEWS - BNS/TBT Staff

Re­mains of Zig­man­tas Sier­akauskas, the leader of the Lithua­nian 1863 up­ris­ing against the tsarist Rus­sia, have been found on the Ged­imino Hill in cen­tral Vil­nius, the Cul­ture Min­istry said on Wed­nes­day, July 26, cit­ing ini­tial data.

The re­mains were re­cently dis­cov­ered on top of the Ged­imino Hill by arche­ol­o­gists of the Lithua­nian Na­tional Mu­seum. "Ac­cord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary data, one of the de­ceased is pos­si­bly the 1963 up­ris­ing leader, Sier­akauskas," the min­istry said in a press re­lease.

The newly-dis­cov­ered graves con­tain seven bod­ies buried with­out due re­spect, with arms tied be­hind their backs.

One of the men who had been buried away from the rest had a golden ring with an in­scrip­tion on his right hand, read­ing Zyg­mund Apolonija 11 Sierp­nia / 30 Lipca 1862 r.

Sier­akauskas was ex­e­cuted in Lukiskiu Square in Vil­nius by mem­bers of the Rus­sian ad­min­is­tra­tion in 1863 at the age of 37.

Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease, pre­lim­i­nary data sug­gests that all of the dis­cov­ered bod­ies were of the ex­e­cuted par­tic­i­pants of the up­ris­ing.

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