June 10, 2010

Lithuania: New Brooms, Old Problems

“Politicians and History”, Raimundas Lopata’s latest book on political leadership in Lithuania, gives the reader a rare opportunity to compare what two of the most influential Lithuanian politicians think about their country. The most interesting topic to the journalists who covered this book was that Algirdas Brazauskas, a former communist and leading figure in Soviet times is, paradoxically, much more religious, and religiously conservative, than Vytautas Landsbergis, a leader of the Lithuanian independence movement, whose relationship with religion is more sophisticated and more politically motivated.

“Politicians and History”, Raimundas Lopata’s latest book on political leadership in Lithuania, gives the reader a rare opportunity to compare what two of the most influential Lithuanian politicians think about their country. The most interesting topic to the journalists who covered this book was that Algirdas Brazauskas, a former communist and leading figure in Soviet times is, paradoxically, much more religious, and religiously conservative, than Vytautas Landsbergis, a leader of the Lithuanian independence movement, whose relationship with religion is more sophisticated and more politically motivated.


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