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Soviet statues to be pulled down

Lithuania is removing all the Soviet statues remaining in its capital, Vilnius, prompted by renewed calls to take down the symbols of an oppressive occupation amid the Ukraine crisis.

A spokesman for the mayor's office said the task is expected to last a few weeks. Lithuania began removing hundreds of Soviet-era symbols after it broke away from Moscow in 1990, but four statues remain on the city's Green Bridge.

They depict Red Army soldiers, workers, students and peasants.