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2021.10.20 15:56

Greece detains Ukrainian convicted in Lithuania's January 13 case

BNS2021.10.20 15:56

Greek officials have detained Alexander Radkevich, a Ukrainian citizen convicted by a Lithuanian court in the January 1991 Soviet crackdown case, Lithuanian officials confirmed to BNS on Wednesday.

“Radkevich has been detained. This has been confirmed to us by the Lithuanian ambassador in Athens who received the information from the Greek police,” Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said.

Police Commissioner General Renatas Požėla told BNS that Radkevich was detained in Greece back in mid-September, but it took time to ascertain his identity.

“Now we have a confirmed identity,” he said.

Greece's court has yet to decide on Radkevich's extradition, according to the police chief.

Radkevich is one of the 67 people who have been handed prison sentences in the so-called January 13 case.

The majority of them were convicted in absentia, since Russia and Belarus refused to extradite them.

Radkevich was among several convicts who unsuccessfully tried to appeal the ruling at the Lithuanian Supreme Court this autumn. The latter court did not accept the appeal.

Fourteen civilians were killed and hundreds more were wounded when Soviet troops stormed the TV Tower and the Radio and Television Committee building in Vilnius in the early hours of January 13, 1991.

The Soviet Union used military force in an attempt to remove the legitimate government of Lithuania which had declared independence on March 11, 1990.

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