Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .

Lithuania seeks trial in absentia for Soviet commandos
by Staff Writers
Vilnius (AFP) Dec 27, 2012

Lithuanian prosecutors said Thursday they would seek to try in absentia two Russian former commandos accused of war crimes in the Baltic state in 1991, as Moscow has refused to hand them over.

The prosecution service said it had wrapped up a probe into Boleslav Makutynovich and Vladimir Razvodov, ex-members of the Soviet Union's OMON -- a force blamed for killing at least 21 people.

"Our prosecutors accuse these persons that after January 1991 they created an anti-state organisation called OMON and acted against the Lithuanian state, committing many serious crimes," prosecutor Ramutis Jancevicius told reporters.

He said the two were accused of 15 separate crimes -- including attacks on border checkpoints and shootings treated as war crimes and crimes against humanity -- and face a life sentence if found guilty.

"Prosecutors know they reside in Russia. Russia refuses to extradite them, despite our numerous requests," Jancevicius said.

He admitted he did not believe the two would come to Lithuania, but said Vilnius had sanctioned European Union warrants, which would oblige any fellow member of the 27-nation bloc to detain them.

Lithuania's independence leader Vytautas Landsbergis, 80, welcomed the announcement.

"The activities of these persons should be unambiguously assessed as crimes against the Lithuanian state, against humanity, and terrorism," he told AFP.

"It included terrorising people and officials in Vilnius and the borders, and, finally, participation in the killings," he added.

Lithuania declared independence in March 1990 after almost five decades of Soviet rule, creating the hallmarks of a free country, including a border service.

Moscow imposed an economic blockade and, when that failed, turned violent.

At least 14 civilians died and hundreds were injured in a crackdown in Vilnius on January 13, 1991.

Another seven border guards were killed that July in an assault on a customs post on Lithuania's border with Belarus.

Moscow only recognised Lithuania's independence after the failure of a Kremlin coup by hardliners in August 1991 which sped the Soviet Union's demise.


Related Links
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Outside View: Going over the decency cliff
Washington (UPI) Dec 26, 2012
The looming fiscal cliff has received almost as much publicity as the Mayan prediction of the end of the world. This column has warned that the nation also faces a strategic cliff that could pose even greater jeopardy than from the fiscal woes. But there is a third and possibly more precipitous cliff. This should be called the "decency cliff." When a nation fails to live up to basic sta ... read more

GRAIL Lunar Impact Site Named for Astronaut Sally Ride

NASA probes crash into the moon

No plans of sending an Indian on moon

Rocket Burn Sets Stage for Dynamic Moon Duos' Lunar Impact

Clays on Mars: More Plentiful Than Expected

Opportunity For Some Shoulder Workout At Copper Cliff

Enabling ChemCam to Measure Key Isotopic Ratios on Mars and Other Planets

Curiosity Rover Explores 'Yellowknife Bay'

NASA Puts Orion Backup Parachutes to the Test

White House to honor scientists, inventors

TDRS-K Arrives at Kennedy for Launch Processing

Sierra Nevada Corporation Selected by NASA to Receive Human Spaceflight Certification Products Contract

Mr Xi in Space

China plans manned space launch in 2013: state media

China to launch manned spacecraft

Tiangong 1 Parked And Waiting As Shenzhou 10 Mission Prep Continues

New ISS crew docked at Space Station

Expedition 34 Spends Christmas in Space

Three astronauts blast off for ISS in Russian craft

Soyuz rocket brings trio to space station

Ariane 5 ECA orbits Skynet 5D and Mexsat Bicentenario satellites

Payload integration complete for final 2012 Ariane 5 mission

Arctic town eyes future as Europe's gateway to space

ISRO planning 10 space missions in 2013

Spiral Structure of Disk May Reveal Planets

Closest sun-like star may have planets

Nearby star is good candidate for Earth-like planets

Venus transit and lunar mirror could help astronomers find worlds around other stars

US readers turn increasingly to digital books: study

LG seeks ban on Samsung tablet sales in Korea

2012: Consumer tech takes center stage

Molecular levers may make materials better

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement