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Lithuania (Lietuva) was the last Baltic republic to be completely annexed by the Soviet Union (1945), the one that resisted the most (with armed resistance until 1965, and active individuals into the 1980's), and the first to restore independence (in 1990; recognized in 1991).
During Soviet rule, especially the first decade, there were mass deportation of Lithuanians to remote regions of the Soviet Union, as well as on-going repression of the Lithuanians in their homeland.
Since the 1940's the Soviets established a prison and headquarters in a building on Gedimino prospektas (former Lenino prospektas), in Vilnius. The KGB left it only in August 1991.
This is a simple memorial nearby. Each stone represents a town or village (or municipality) from where Lithuanians were deported to Siberia and other remote areas of the Soviet Union. See in workshop another memorial besides the former KGB headquarters.
See other photos under the my theme Lithuanian History - Lietuvos istorija.
Approximate location: 54.688587, 25.2705503.

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