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They’re dead but they
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LEADERS, COMMUNIST PARTY OF SOVIET UNION

LEADERS, COMMUNIST PARTY OF LITHUANIA

Important parliamentary elections are soon due in Lithuania. The party which leads in the polls had its origins in the Lithuanian Communist Party 20 years ago, and many believe that the nomenclature from those days still is very much alive in this party as well as in other parties of today. That modern, democratic governance is still not implemented and practiced. That corruption and personal gain is more important than the Lithuanian people's best. We hereby invite you to debate. Is the Lithuania nomenclature still alive?

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  • Wikipedia has a very good description of A.Sniečkus. A. Štromas – who was raised by Sniečkus' family – provides a very good assessment of Sniečkus in his book "Laisvės Horizontai", and he puts it in a broader context in his "Totalitarianism and the Prospects for World Order: Closing the Door on the Twentieth Century". All in all – Sniečkus was quite brutal in suppressing the mass discontent after the Soviets took over, but he was the person who prevented the mass influx of Russian speaking population into Lithuania. Also, some argue that due to his policies Lithuania developed a network of medium-sized cities while limiting the growth of one or two biggest cities – which apparently makes Lithuania different from Latvia and Estonia.

    Petras Griškevičius is a leader who in my mind fits the Brezhnev era well. Nothing was happening, and I think he just was rubber-stamping the orders from Moscow, no?

    Now, A.M. Brazauskas had his own ideas about what is good for Lithuania – the Lithuanian Communist Party was the first party to seceed from the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. If that was not a big gamble for this Communist bureaucrat, I do not know what is – had the Soviet Union not fallen apart, this would have been an equivalent to a political suicide – with the loss of all privileges that come with it. He wanted to do a gradual transition to a market economy, and in my mind this is his greatest shortcoming. When doing it gradually, he allowed the former comrades and buddies to stay on top – and thus the old power structures were not fully taken apart. IMHO his political instinct and the ability to maneuver is unmatched to this day.

    September 22 2012
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