|Right: Lithuania's FM Linas Linkevicius.|
The sickle and hammer still frightens the hell out of the ruling class of Lithuania. In an anti-communist rant, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius called on US e-commerce giant "Amazon" to stop selling Soviet-themed goods online, saying the hammer and sickle symbol "offended victims of totalitarian communism".
In a statement to the AFP, Linkevicius repeated the known unfounded anti-communist slanders by saying: "It is offensive. Stalinist crimes are not sufficiently well understood. It is a matter of historical justice".
However, the above anti-communist, anti-soviet delirium by the Lithuanian government is not a surprise at all. It is broadly known that governments of Baltic countries (such as Latvia), with the support of the European Union, have banned Communist Parties and symbols while they organize fiestas in order to honor the collaborators of the Nazis.
In neighboring Poland, where anti-communism is an official state policy, the right-wing government recently paid tribute to a WW2 collaborationist militant group.
Of course it is not random at all that the Lithuanian Foreign Minister linked his appeal to "Amazon" with the "August 23rd anniversary" which marks the 80 years since the signing of the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Non Aggression Pact. In a blatantly shameful effort to distort and rewrite history, the EU has established this day as the.... "European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism".
Obviously, Lithuania couldn't not an exception. The hammer and sickle symbol is illegal in the country of 2.8 million people which joined the EU and NATO in 2004.