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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
13 Nov 2016

Vytautas Pusvaskis joined the Soviet resistance in 1945 when he was 15 years old. He worked as an informant and a helper due to his young age. Vytautas was eventually captured and sentenced to death. At the same time, death was abolished in the Soviet Union and he was instead sent to a forced labour camp in Moldova, where he survived for 8 years before faking an illness and securing release. “I joined the RU in 1991, and I’m 87 years old now; and so I still serve.”

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
13 Nov 2016

Youngsters can join the union at the age of 11, but will not touch a real weapon until the age of 18. Regardless, militarised structure and discipline takes the leading role in their activities.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

National Defence Volunteers (KASP), part of the Lithuanian armed forces, storm a building occupied by the RU, who pose as the separatists.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

RU mount a formidable defense against the attacking infantry.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

KASP is bogged down in close-quarters combat, with the heavily entrenched RU fighters.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

Flare launched by the attacking military forces signals for the three-pronged attack to begin; heavy snow has fallen overnight.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

RU member prepares dud IEDs, to ring the ‘separatist’ HQ.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

Members of the RU wait for the assault to begin. Mindaugas, pictured on the left, said: “It’s just weird how a tiny country Lithuania is perceived by a much greater country, in the sense of size, as an enemy to them.”

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

RU detain a ‘civilian’ carrying an IED through a makeshift checkpoint.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

Members of the RU prepare a meal on an open fire. All supplies are self-funded.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

RU commanders discuss last-minute defense plans for the morning’s assault.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
22 Oct 2016

Neimantas Psilenskis, a member of the RU since he was 14 years old, gets married in the Kaunas Garrison Church. After permission was given to wear the ceremonial uniform, he was greeted by the Honorary Guard himself.