Moscow has decided not to present the agenda to the ex-President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev summoned to the Vilnius district court as the witness on the case about the events of 13 January 1991 in Lithuania. Vilnius regional court has received from the Ministry of justice of Lithuania a notification that the Ministry of justice of Russia refuses to hand over documents – subpoena – Mikhail Gorbachev, reports “Interfax”.
Moscow explained this by the fact that the Treaty between Russia and Lithuania, there is a provision under which legal aid is not provided if it could harm the sovereignty, security or is contrary to the basic legislative principles of the state.
Gorbachev himself said that not going in person or in absentia to participate in the trial.
The judge of the Vilnius regional court, Ignore Cornelia Macavine in January 2017, said that Gorbachev received a summons, sent on 28 December 2016.
In January 2014 Lithuania recognized suspects in connection with the events of 1991, 79 foreigners, including Russian Yuri Grinding.