Lithuanian Independence Act signatory demands Russian compensation for tortured father

October 9, 2007 at 2:17 pm 2 comments

Totalitarian regimesAs the BNS reported a former Soviet political prisoner and signatory of the Lithuanian 1990 Independence Act, Liudvikas Simutis, has addressed a court over his father Adomas Simutis cruelly tortured by Soviet occupational units.

Simutis demands that Russia should be held responsible for the repressions against his family and paid almost 1.5 million litas (EUR 0.43 mln) in compensation.

“I was only five when they showed me my father’s body: half of his face was swollen and blue, the other half was bloody and battered. His eyes were punctured, his tongue was removed and had a rope on it,” Simutis gave the last picture of his father as he saw him to the BNS.

When the German army was entering Lithuania in early hours of June 25, 1941, the withdrawing Soviet troops tortured 76 prisoners from the Telsiai prison in the Rainiai forest. Several executions took place in various places of Lithuania these days.

Simutis, a member of armed resistance against Soviet occupation after World War II, was also a Soviet political prisoner and deportee.


Entry filed under: Baltic States, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Politics, Russia, Totalitarian regimes.

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  • […] by the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry Lithuanians are equally concerned with both the moral and material compensation of damage caused by soviet occupation. A slightly greater part of the population thinks talks with […]

  • 2. Marco Carynnyk  |  June 24, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    I’m writing a book about western Ukraine in 1939-1941, and the NKVD killings that took place there, just as in Lithuania in June 1941, are at the heart of the book. I read Adomas Simutis’s description of the sight of his father’s mutilated corpse in Edward Kuznetsov’s Prison Diaries, and I’d like to include it in my book, but I need more information about the circumstances of the event Simutis describes. Can anyone help me find that information?
    With best wishes,
    Marco Carynnyk


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