Lithuania

Country Lithuania
Capital Vilnius
Continent Europe
Currency Lithuanian litas(LTL)
Languages Lithuanian

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Introduction

Lithuanian lands were united under MINDAUGAS in 1236; over the next century, through alliances and conquest, Lithuania extended its territory to include most of present-day Belarus and Ukraine. By the end of the 14th century Lithuania was the largest state in Europe. An alliance with Poland in 1386 led the two countries into a union through the person of a common ruler. In 1569, Lithuania and Poland formally united into a single dual state, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. This entity survived until 1795 when its remnants were partitioned by surrounding countries. Lithuania regained its independence following World War I but was annexed by the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US and many other countries. On 11 March 1990, Lithuania became the first of the Soviet republics to declare its independence, but Moscow did not recognize this proclamation until September of 1991 (following the abortive coup in Moscow). The last Russian troops withdrew in 1993. Lithuania subsequently restructured its economy for integration into Western European institutions; it joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004.

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Lithuania - Wikipedia
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Norwegian military vehicles to arrive in Lithuania as part of NATO deployment - Baltic Times

Baltic Times

Norwegian military vehicles to arrive in Lithuania as part of NATO deployment
Baltic Times
VILNIUS - Military vehicles and other equipment of a Norwegian contingent to be deployed as part of NATO's battalion battlegroup will arrive in Lithuania on Wednesday, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said. Around 60 vehicles, including Leopard tanks ...
Lithuania to Receive Equipment for Norwegian NATO Troops - Defense MinistrySputnik International

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Lithuania Opens Door to Gay Chechens Fleeing Persecution, While US Slams It Shut - Foreign Policy (blog)

Foreign Policy (blog)

Lithuania Opens Door to Gay Chechens Fleeing Persecution, While US Slams It Shut
Foreign Policy (blog)
Gay Russian men are attempting to flee their country amid a wave of detention, torture, and killing in the country's southern region of Chechnya. Now Lithuania has become one of the first countries to grant two of those persecuted refuge, while the ...
[Focus] Lithuania helps gay Chechens flee RussiaEUobserver
Lithuania is doing what the US wouldn't: Granting asylum to gay ChechensLGBTQ Nation
Lithuania grants asylum to two gay and bi Chechens fleeing 'gay genocide'PinkNews
Gay Star News -Unicorn Booty (blog) -NewNowNext -BuzzFeed News
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Rapolas Ivanauskas named to Lithuania's 2017 U-20 European Championship roster - Inside NU

Inside NU

Rapolas Ivanauskas named to Lithuania's 2017 U-20 European Championship roster
Inside NU
CORRECTION (late Monday night): Program spokesman Nick Brilowski tells me that Ivanauskas will not be playing in the U-19 World Championship in Cairo, but actually the U-20 European Championship in Greece. This event will be held from July 15-23.



Robot rockers lead Lithuania's street music day - Channel NewsAsia

Channel NewsAsia

Robot rockers lead Lithuania's street music day
Channel NewsAsia
VILNIUS: From folk singers to an all-robot rock band, hundreds of Lithuanian music lovers flocked streets and squares on Saturday (May 20) to celebrate Street Music Day in dozens of cities and towns nationwide. The Baltic state of three million people ...

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Šefcovic to discuss energy links in Lithuania - New Europe

New Europe

Šefcovic to discuss energy links in Lithuania
New Europe
For the second Energy Union Tour, European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefcovic is in Lithuania on May 23-25 to discuss the Commission's clean energy for all Europeans package from November last year, the Energy Union's governance and ...



NATO communications exercise gets underway in Lithuania - Baltic Times

Baltic Times

NATO communications exercise gets underway in Lithuania
Baltic Times
VILNIUS - Around 1,200 troops from 25 NATO member states are taking part in the communications units exercise Steadfast Cobalt, which officially got underway in Lithuania on Sunday. The exercise, which will last until Jun. 2, "will put to test the ...



Lithuania discriminated against Jews seeking passports - Jewish Chronicle

Jewish Chronicle

Lithuania discriminated against Jews seeking passports
Jewish Chronicle
Data complied by Daniel Lutrin, a South African whose great-grandmother was Lithuanian, showed that between January 2015 and April 2016, 170 Jewish applicants (with either Israeli or Jewish South-African names) had been turned down, versus 110 ...



Russia calls Lithuania 'Openly Adversarial' as Critics of Putin Fly In - Newsweek

Newsweek

Russia calls Lithuania 'Openly Adversarial' as Critics of Putin Fly In
Newsweek
Russia has accused Lithuania of being “openly adversarial” for hosting a conference where Mikhail Khodorkovsky and other critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak. Khodorkovsky is one of Putin's most famous opponents, becoming Russia's ...

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Kemzura hoping to give Austria the Lithuania stamp of quality - FIBA

FIBA

Kemzura hoping to give Austria the Lithuania stamp of quality
FIBA
ISTANBUL (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019) - Having guided a depleted and largely overlooked Lithuanian squad to an expected bronze-medal finish at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2010 in Turkey, coach Kestutis Kemzura remains the mastermind ...

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Coach's perfect response when asked why star missed game for child's birth - NEWS.com.au

NEWS.com.au

Coach's perfect response when asked why star missed game for child's birth
NEWS.com.au
Jasikevicius, who long-time Boomers fans will remember as one of the members of the Lithuanian national team that defeated Australia in the bronze medal game at the Sydney Olympics, was stunned but firm when questioned by a “youngster” reporter about ...
Lithuanian Basketball Coach Lectures Reporter on Life After Player Misses Playoff Game For Birth of ChildThe Big Lead
1 Former Terp teaches reporter a lesson about what's important in lifeWashington Post
Coach makes perfect response when asked why player attended birth of child over matchYahoo7 Sport

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