Last symbols of Soviet rule removed from Lithuania's capital

Work began on Monday to remove the last remaining Soviet-era statues from the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius.

Soviet statue on the Green Bridge in Vilnius.

Soviet statue on the Green Bridge in Vilnius. Image by Guillaume Speurt / CC BY-SA 2.0

The statues, depicting Red Army soldiers, have stood on Vilnius' iconic Green Bridge since 1952, but the Ukraine crisis prompted the Mayor to pledge to remove the last symbols of Soviet rule from the city. The move has divided opinion between those who believe that the country's history should be preserved, and those who don't want to be reminded of this period of Lithuania's past. The mayor confirmed that three private museums have made bids for the statues. Read more: news.yahoo.com

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