Accusations of involvement in the genocide against the former President of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus have been discussed among the surviving prisoners of the Belarusian concentration camp for many years, and these are very serious statements. So Elena Panina, a member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, reacted to the situation, RIA Novosti reports.
According to Panina, Adamkus never concealed his participation in the collaborationist formation of the Fatherland Defense Force. She explained that this formation is “not just nationalists, but the Lithuanian counterpart of the SS Galicia division, in which the ideological supporters of the Nazis went to serve.”
The MP also wondered if Lithuania is ready to ensure an objective investigation of the crimes that were committed during the Nazi occupation.
Earlier on June 2, the Belarusian prosecutor’s office announced that it was checking information about Adamkus’s involvement in the Fatherland Defense Army collaborationist battalion, which carried out ethnic cleansing in the USSR in 1944. According to the department, after the liberation of the territory from German troops, part of the battalion fled to the West. Among them were Antanas Impulevičius, known as the Minsk Butcher, and his entourage Voldemaras Adamkavičius. The latter then changed his name to Valdas Adamkus. Minsk sent a request to the law enforcement agencies of Vilnius to interrogate the former president.
In response, Adamkus called the accusations of the genocide of Belarusians absurd. According to him, he has never heard of the organizations and people with whom he is associated. He called the actions of Minsk “a stupid attempt to divert attention from the struggle of Belarusians for freedom.”