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15min - Lithuania | 07/05/2014

Saint George's Ribbon used like swastika

The black-and-orange Ribbon of Saint George is making a comeback among Russians in the Ukraine crisis. It was originally worn as a Red Army symbol of courage during the Second World War. Now, like the swastika, it is being reinterpreted as a symbol of fascism, the Lithuanian opposition politician and former justice minister Remigijus Šimašius writes on Portal 15min.lt: "Unfortunately the pagan sun symbol [the swastika] was discredited when Hitler's Nazi Party used it. The same thing is happening with the Saint George's Ribbon, which no longer has the same meaning it had in the 20th century. Putin's ideology has made it a symbol of Russian fascism. This doesn't mean that we should now admonish the war veterans who are still alive for using the ribbon. But wearing the Saint George's Ribbon in a different context for Putin's interests gives it a totally different meaning."

TV3 - Lithuania | 23/07/2008

Farewell to low-wage Lithuania

Thanks to a high rate of economic growth, but also to the fact that many people have left the country, Lithuania currently has near full employment. However, according to the online news portal Balsas this could soon change: "An increasing number of workers are being made redundant because of investments in new machinery. For a long time we were a low-wage country but those times are over now. Nowadays you can produce cheaply in Vietnam, perhaps, but not in Lithuania. We are investing in more efficient work processes rather than creating new jobs. But we should not be concerned that investments in cutting-edge technology are the reason for job losses, for this is just a reaction to the increasing wages. Moreover, such investments show that companies are planning to stay active in Lithuania in the long term."

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