There is a general understanding that the outcome of the Russian war against Ukraine and the termination of the Russian threat to its neighbors is an absolute precondition for a return to normality on the European continent, and would create the possibility to gradually heal the wounds caused by Russian aggression. Only solid, viable solutions will safeguard peace in the region and in the world.
But how to reach this goal? It seems that only a total defeat of Putin’s army would allow Russia to renew a serious destalinization and de-Sovietization process, this time combined with a thorough deputinization. The inability to bring justice and try the Communist Party of the USSR for its countless crimes appears to have provide a solid foundation to the KGB and the Putin regime to reconstruct the megalomanic imperial ambitions of the Soviet empire and move the country backwards instead of forward to a brighter and more democratic future. This fundamental mistake should not be repeated. But how to avoid a repetition?
The Sixth Leonidas Donskis Conference, that will take place in the Vaidilos Theatre in Vilnius on September 21, 2023, will bring together a select group of experts to discuss these issues based on learned lessons from the past, putting them in a contemporary context and suggesting what steps should be taken to facilitate the above-mentioned processes.
The conference will be followed by a concert in memory of Leonidas Donskis, with the Lithuanian celloist Justas Kulikauskas and the Dutch Russia-expert and concert pianist Sara Crombach performing