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2019.06.20 09:00

Archeologists discover remains of Lithuania's last anti-Soviet partisan

Vaidotas Beniušis, BNS2019.06.20 09:00

The remains of Antanas Kraujelis-Siaubūnas, Lithuania's last post-war partisan who was killed with a gun in his arms, have been discovered at the Orphans' Cemetery in Vilnius.

The identity of the partisan, killed in 1965, was confirmed with genetic tests, the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania announced on Wednesday.

The remains of five other people with gunshot injuries have been found during the archeological research.

Kraujelis-Siaubūnas went into the woods to fight the Soviet occupation in 1948 and was involved in partisan activities in the Aukštaitija region. He shot himself on March 17, 1965, encircled by KGB officers.

Archeologists had been looking for his remains for several decades. The excavation was organized by the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania and led by Vilnius University's archeologist Gintautas Vėlius.

The archeological research results will be presented during a press conference on Thursday.