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Published: 2 january 2013 11:05

Lithuania to pay compensations to citizens who refused to serve in Soviet army

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Tomo Pakalniškio nuotr. / .
Lithuania will this year pay monetary compensations to people who refused to serve in the Soviet army and suffered consequences as a result, the Defense Ministry announces.

The one-off compensation of 4,000 litas (EUR 1,159) will be available to individuals who refused to serve in the Soviet Armed Forces after Lithuania declared independence on 11 March 1990 and were consequently taken to Soviet army divisions by force, sentenced to jail for withdrawal from the Soviet army or boycott of call-up, were forced to return and continue their service until 7 September 1991.

The one-off compensations will be paid in line with a resolution of the 2008-2012 parliament.

Some 150,000 litas are envisaged for the purpose in the Defense Ministry's budget this year. Should the compensation sum exceed the amount, other compensations will be paid out in January 2014.

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