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Photo exhibition about Russian political refugees at VMU


Photo exhibition “While the Red Is On” by VMU graduate, photojournalist and co-founder of Nanook documentary platform Artūras Morozovas is currently displayed at the university. 

“While the Red Is On” exhibition

Ordinary citizens forced to flee their homes, crushed by gargantuan government and running away for their lives from the country they actually love. This is a story of a modern Russian political refugee community finding asylum in Lithuania.

Lithuania has a long history of welcoming Russian political refugees in its premises. Back in 16th century The Polish – Lithuanian Commonweath accepted the first wave of refugees from Russia – the Old believers’ community. In beginning of 20th century the famous Lithuanian poet and diplomat Jurgis Baltrusaitis was issuing Lithuanian visas for Russian intellectuals, persecuted by Bolshevik revolutionary regime. These Lithuanian visas saved lives of such world known figures as painter Mark Shagal or poet Marina Tsvetaeva as well as many others. During the Soviet occupation after WW2, Russian dissidents were supporting Lithuanian resistance eventually helping Lithuanians to achieve Independence in 1990.

Today Russian government is using KGB tactics, persecution and repressive methods to go after human rights activists, political opponents, LGBTQ+ community or anybody else, not functioning according to prescribed ideology.

“There is a solidarity between people who experienced suppression of freedom“ – said Leonidas Donskis referring to relationship between Lithuanians and Russian dissidents.

This photography exhibition is a part of an on-going multimedia project ”While the Red is on“ by independent multimedia agency Nanook.lt.

Exhibition are open until February 2018.


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