A court in Klaipėda heard the appeal of Viačeslavas Titov, a local councilor who was fined 12,000 euros for the defamation of Lithuania’s anti-Soviet partisan leader, Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas.
In May, the Klaipėda District Court found Titov guilty for the defamation of a deceased person’s memory, incitement to hatred, and public approval or denial of Soviet crimes.
According to the prosecutor, Titov systemically shared “hate inciting information” on Lithuanian post-war partisans and their leader, Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, basing his claims solely on the Soviet court rulings of 1957, and ignoring material rehabilitating Vanagas.
The ruling was later appealed by both Titov and the prosecutor, who demaneded a suspended sentence for Titov.
An investigation was launched last July after the Klaipėda politician said in a public discussion that 8,000 people, including children, were killed under the initiative of Ramanauskas-Vanagas during the anti-Soviet fights in the aftermath of the Second World War.
Titov also claimed that Vanagas had personally pronounced the death sentences. Meanwhile, the politician does not admit to any of the charges, saying he is being persecuted for his opinion.
The latest court ruling is due to be announced on October 17.