The origins of the current trend appear to be associated with events in Ukraine in 2014. It is evident that Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and the invasion of eastern Ukraine created significant anxiety, even in Lithuania. Later, this anxiety only intensified, and its peculiar discharge manifested itself in the removal of remaining symbols of Soviet past from public spaces. High levels of discussion centred upon the removal of sculpture figures from Green Bridge in 2015. In fact, this process started earlier. In September 2013, occurring during the night much like the Green Bridge sculptures, the bust of writer Liudas Gira was removed from the square in front of the then Ministry of Education and Science.
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