For a cartoon with Soviet symbols – to the dockThe Lithuania Tribune

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DELFI, Drawing by R. Daukantas

A citizen of Klaipėda, Vytautas Tenkutis, who belongs to the Conservative Party, is accused of propagation of Soviet symbols.  The accused will face the fine from 50 to 1,000 Litas for this crime, writes

The elder of the seaport town, V. Tenkutis, is surprised to receive a lawsuit for a cartoon drawing that appeared in his Facebook account. The drawing features the letters ‘USSR’, a Soviet star and a portrait similar to Vaidas Lekstutis – an activist who is said to be well-known in the Klaipėda district. There is also a sentence, written in the Russian language, saying: “His life was much better under Russians”.

When asked why he created the cartoon with V. Lekstutis´ portrait, Tenkutis said he was outraged after reading the opponent’s words publihsed on Facebook that “Landsbergis should be fed to the dogs, because he destroyed Lithuania”.

“This person once said he is proud of having been born in the USSR. I found the cartoon on the Internet and put it on my Facebook account. I do not know why Lekstutis did not like this piece of art.  Moreover, I was brought to the police,” said Tenkutis in an interview to the daily ‘Klaipėdos diena’. He claims that he had captured the words of the opponent, however after sometime they disappeared from V. Lekstutis´s account.

The man in the cartoon, Lekstutis, denied the words quoted by Tenkutis. According to him, “There are no proof that I am proud of being born in the USSR.  Maybe once I have mentioned that I like the song ‘Sdelan v SSSR’ [Made in the USSR] by Oleg Gazmanov. However, I do not idealise the Soviet regime. The fact that I was born in the Soviet Union is undeniable. So, should I now hang myself for the fact that my parents were born in the USSR?” Lekstutis defended his opinion emotionally.

The accused, Tenkutis, says the cartoon is a piece of art.  The member of the Conservative Party tried to convince the court that the demonstration of Soviet symbols, when used as an art, is not a crime.