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Nice to see old caricature traditions alive in Baltic countries 

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From article https://bb.lv/statja/nasha-latvija/2020/09/24/rossiyskie-istoriki-prishli-za-legionerami?fbclid=IwAR38_tbHksMyKsPD1MxGSdcyEmAOHNAc3jkDcOMJGsoS0GSfwBKipwTgpoY

 

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Did Russian historians come for the Legionnaires?
BB.LV 23:01, September 24, 2020 8
The publication by Russian historians Alexander Dyukov and Vladimir Simindey earlier this year of a report on Latvian SS Legionnaires with their surnames gave unexpected results.

In Latvia, it was considered that a search for former members of the Legion was being conducted. According to colleagues from Neatkarīgā Rīta Avīze, "those who are on the Kremlin's payroll started harassing the Legionnaires by coming to their homes."
The head of the organization Daugavas vanagi Latvijā, Andrejs Intermalis, is aware of two similar cases ( after the publication of the list, Russian journalists visited the Legionnaires – ed.) that occurred in England and the United States. According to Neatkarīgā, Legionnaires living in Latvia are concerned about the incident, some of them are being investigated by the Russian side, аnd their names and place of residence are published on the Internet.
According to Andrejs Mezhmalis, who leads Neatkarīgā, gray-haired soldiers, at the moment, do not feel safe, as he was informed in letters, including even from Australia. As the publication emphasizes, this situation is of extreme concern to the Latvian state authorities.
During the presentation of their report, Russian historians said that they will continue to work on identifying and documenting the activities of Latvian Legionnaires.
Recall that Dyukov and Simindey are persona non grata in Latvia.

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Infowar in sandbox: Lithuaninan TV named Lukashenko "non-ltgitimate President of Belarus"

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In return, Belarus-1 (prime TV channel of Belorussia) now name Lithuania "Former Soviet Republic Lithuania"

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Poland is now "Former People's Republic of Poland"

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Ukraine is now "Former UkrSSR"

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Back to Baltic “fighters against Communism”

50 years of first successful airplane highjack in USSR

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeroflot_Flight_244

On October 15th, 1970 two Lithuanians, father and 15-yo son Brazinskas, hijacked a passenger flight from Batumi to Sukhumi, Soviet Georgia. They killed a stewardess and pilot assistant – the pictured 19 y.o. Nadya Kurchenko who attempted to stop them onboard.

The father, Pranas Brazinskas, during WW2 served as a Nazi-collaborationist (Schutzmannschaft) and helped so called “forest brothers” but wasn’t convicted afterwards as didn’t participate in mass executions (yes, unfortunately bloody Stalin was as bloody as that). But in 1955 he was convicted  for 1 year for corruption - for using his position of a state manager for ‘personal profit’ (yes, not only was he allowed to take state jobs, but also was treated so soft). Then he worked a shop director and in 1966 – sentenced to 5 years for stealing public property. After the release in 1970 – organized a speculation scheme with stolen gold. Fearing of a new arrest he decided to hijack the flight.

In Turkey, where the hijacked flight landed, both were convicted to 2 years and pardoned soon as ‘fighters against communism’. Then they moved to the USA and were granted asylum again as ‘fighters against communism’ (with support of local Lithuanian community). Up until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Soviet government continued to press for the extradition of the Brazinskas, and regularly claimed about American hypocrisy in harboring terrorists.

In 2002 the son – Algirdas Brazinskas murdered his father Pranas Brazinskas during the family quarrel. Now he is convicted in the US for that.  

But the killed stewardess – Nadia Kurchenko - is still remembered and commemorated on October 15th.

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Algirdas Brazinskas, left, and Pranas Brazinskas, right, confer with a Lithuanian-American supporter after the hijacking

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I don't think Soviets had much of a moral high ground here however - hijackings were extremely common in 60s/70s, to the point that it was news if there was a day WITHOUT an aircraft being hijacked to Cuba or North Korea or whatever. While lot of them were just common criminals, many were asylum seekers or had political motivations and USSR and its allies didn't do much to discourage them.

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10 hours ago, Yama said:

I don't think Soviets had much of a moral high ground here however - hijackings were extremely common in 60s/70s, to the point that it was news if there was a day WITHOUT an aircraft being hijacked to Cuba or North Korea or whatever. While lot of them were just common criminals, many were asylum seekers or had political motivations and USSR and its allies didn't do much to discourage them.

Normally, I would agree with you. But these scumbags were certainly not "‘fighters against communism’ as I would understand it. That degrades those people who were really fighting communism everywhere and suffered for it as a consequence.

 

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But that is a problem with all oppressive regimes left or right, they all love to portray anyone who disagree with them as a criminal of some sort. What Roman tells us about these two hijackers could very well be true but if western countries should take the Soviet Unions accusations at face value they would have had to return every single asylum seeker during the cold war because they were all "baby killers". Both Russia and China are often accused of continuing this practice today.  

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On 10/16/2020 at 11:44 PM, Yama said:

I don't think Soviets had much of a moral high ground here however - hijackings were extremely common in 60s/70s, to the point that it was news if there was a day WITHOUT an aircraft being hijacked to Cuba or North Korea or whatever. While lot of them were just common criminals, many were asylum seekers or had political motivations and USSR and its allies didn't do much to discourage them.

It is not about moral high ground, but about Soviet “oppressive regime” not only failing to actually oppress Nazi collaborator, but repeatedly  failing to pay proper attention to his criminal activity after war –allowing him to continue on state positions after very soft punishment. Killing of young woman and disabling for life one of the pilots (billet hit his spinal cord) was logical result of this soft hand approach to Baltic Nazi collaborators. In this particular case revenge came not from Soviet officials but from his own son – unfortunately  many other Nazi collaborates survived all Soviet years to become sort of national heroes.

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17 minutes ago, bd1 said:

hey, never underestimate people´s desperation to get out of soviet union. juri gagarin spent years training and agreed to sit on top of missile just to get out of soviet union for  108 minutes!

In your logic, US was so bad more than a dozen men agreed to risk their lives to temporary get out of it on tiny aluminum foil capsules to remote lifeless rock in space, even without atmosphere :)

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