The Main Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case over the desecration of a monument to Soviet soldiers in Lithuania. This was announced on Wednesday, December 23, by the official representative of the RF IC, Svetlana Petrenko.
So, according to the investigation, no later than November 25, 2020, unknown persons poured paint on the monument to the soldiers of the Red Army and gravestones in the brotherly cemetery in the city of Obyaliai, and also inflicted offensive symbols in the form of crosses and swastikas.
“The investigation established that such actions are disrespectful to the symbols of the military glory of the Russian Federation as the legal successor of the USSR,” Petrenko noted.
On this fact, the department conducted a pre-investigation check, according to its results a criminal case was initiated on the grounds of a crime under Part 3 of Art. 354.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (public desecration of the symbols of Russia’s military glory).
The Investigative Committee stressed that the attackers by their actions demonstrated “their disregard for the common memory and history of the struggle of the Soviet people against fascism.”
Information about the desecration of the monument and tombstones at the brotherly cemetery in Obyaliai was reported by the Sputnik Lithuania agency on November 27. After that, the TFR initiated a check.
In early September, it was reported that malefactors in the town of ежezhmariai, Kaunas district of Lithuania, poured red paint on a monument to soldiers of the Red Army at a mass grave. Local law enforcement officers opened a criminal case under the article on desecrating a grave or other public place of memory. The Investigative Committee also conducted an inquiry into the desecration of the monument.