Lithuania finds ex-Soviet defense minister guilty of war crimes

Andrius Sytas
VILNIUS (Reuters) – A Lithuanian court found former Soviet defense minister Dmitry Yazov guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity on Wednesday for his role in a 1991 crackdown against the Baltic state’s pro-independence movement.
The Vilnius court sentenced Yazov, 94, in absentia to 10 years in prison. He was the highest-ranking person on a list of 67 former military officials and army officers being sentenced after the three-year trial.
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President Vladimir Putin shaking hands with Yazov
President Vladimir Putin shaking hands with Yazov on his 90th birthday, 8 November 2014

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