Algirdas Paleckis will bring his case to Strasbourg

One of the most controversial politicians in Lithuania, if not the most, is the leader of Socialist’s People Front, Algirdas Paleckis. On January 23, 2013, the Lithuanian Supreme court upheld the decision of a lower court which condemned him to pay a €3.000 fine for -denying the Soviet aggression against Lithuania- in 1991. Now, he prepares an appeal to the European Court of Rights in Strasbourg.

By Alejandro Izquierdo

Most of the country media has been following the case and thus, the left wing Politician has become a hated socialist with radical ideas for some and a freedom of speech fighter for others. Picture: Alejandro Izquierdo

Most of the country media has been following the case and thus, the left wing Politician has become a hated socialist with radical ideas for some, and a freedom of speech fighter for others. Photo: Alejandro Izquierdo

Vilnius, Lithuania: The reason why Mr. Paleckis was put in trial was because of -an independent version of Lithuanian history- he explains in his small office at the Socialist’s People Front headquarters.

In 1991, the Soviet Army entered the Lithuanian Capital and clashed against civilians in what he describes as a -tragic event-. According to Mr. Paleckis, who actually claims to be quoting from researchers and investigations, -the Soviet army entered the city due to political manipulations- and -not only Soviet troops were involved but also some provocateurs and snipers were acting on behalf of Lithuanian forces.-

Mr. Paleckis has a different view of historical events that clashes with national historiography and therefore he says that the case has become -a question of freedom of speech that he will bring to Strasbourg to defend himself before the European Court of Human Rights.- He understands that denying holocaust is criminalized because there is enough proven but “the events of 1991 in Lithuania -are not yet being investigated-.