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CONFERENCE IN UKRAINE FOCUSES ON NECESSITY OF COMMON EVALUATION AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL OF CRIMES OF TOTALITARIAN REGIMES

According to the Ambassador, it is important to understand not only the consequences of crimes committed by totalitarian regimes, but also their reasons, because the Nazi and Soviet dictatorships took root in the 20th century when basic European values and human rights were ignored and replaced by egoistic interests of large countries.

The conference was attended by Member of the Lithuanian Seimas (Parliament) Dalia Kuodytė, Head of the Secretariat of the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania Ronaldas Račinskas, representative from the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre Rūta Trimonienė, Ukrainian historians and researchers of totalitarian regimes.

Lithuanian representatives presented the country’s experience in researching and evaluating the crimes committed by occupational regimes, by encouraging the emergence of historical memory and efforts to restore historical justice in Europe and on the international area.

The conference is co-organized by the Lithuanian Embassy in Kyiv, the Liberation Movement Research Centre of Ukraine, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.  This project was financed by the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the funds of the development cooperation democracy promotion programme.