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Translate from Russian, it more or less says that a Lithuanian institute acknowledges that Russians were as much victims of Communism as Lithuanians (and all others) were. So why does this represent progress?

Well, in the years following the fall of Communism, the Baltic states have gone further than most in utterly rejecting the Soviet legacy imposed on them for half a century, which is a laudably reactionary position. However, this has also served to bolster Russophobia in the Baltic states due to bitter resentment of Soviet rule. Latvia and Estonia have significant ethnic Russian populations, many of whom immigrated during Soviet occupation. This is highly contentious, as manifested in this year's Latvian language referendum or in the demands of militant Estonian nationalists who argue that the modern Estonian state is illegitimate because of the large Russian population.

In this case, genuine progress is made in terms of understanding amongst all nations that suffered from Communism. From my own monarchist and anti-Communist perspective, it's frankly awkward. I sympathise with Baltic, Ukrainian and Polish nationalists because of my own anti-Communism, yet I also sympathise with Russian monarchists (of course) who share the same justified hatred of Communism. But in this way, an understanding is easier to achieve- that it was the ideology and not a nation or people, against which resentment should be held.

However, the Putin regime in Russia is culpable in no small part for the fact it continue to adhere to a false version of history, believing that the Soviet Union "liberated" the Baltic states or that they "voluntarily" joined. As long as this is the case, then most will continue to question the sincerity of whether the current Russian state has moved on from those times.
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