The Investigative Committee initiated a criminal case against judges and prosecutors of Lithuania, who are trying to convict 60 former Soviet soldiers. The investigation is conducted under the article on the involvement of a person who is knowingly innocent of criminal responsibility. This was reported today, on 23 July, by the department.
«Since 2006, officials of the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Lithuanian Court have been prosecuting 60 former servicemen of the USSR Armed Forces, a large part of which are currently citizens of Russia,» the report said.
They are suspected of crimes committed during the riots in Vilnius in January 1991, as a result of which, according to the Lithuanian side, 14 people were killed, more than 700 were injured of varying severity. On the basis of the decision of the judges of the Vilnius city district court, an absentee arrest of the Russians was authorized, they were put on the wanted list. In 2011, Mikhail Golovatov was arrested. He was detained in Austria, but was later released in connection with the lack of criminal prosecution. Another former military man, Yuri Mel, was detained and held in custody in Lithuania.
«The actions of the employees of the Lithuanian Prosecutor’s Office and the court are obviously illegal, as the above events took place in Vilnius during the period when Lithuania joined the USSR, and the military units fulfilled their official duty, acting in accordance with the laws of the USSR. In addition, the accusation of citizens of the Russian Federation is not confirmed by objective evidence,» the SK explained.
«Действия сотрудников литовской прокуратуры и суда носят заведомо незаконный характер, так как вышеуказанные события в Вильнюсе имели место в период вхождения Литвы в состав СССР, и войсковые подразделения выполняли свой служебный долг, действуя в соответствии с законодательством СССР. Кроме того, обвинение граждан Российской Федерации объективными доказательствами не подтверждено», — пояснили в СКР.