Lithuania Bans Soviet Symbols

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Lithuanian lawmakers have approved legislation to ban the display of Nazi and Soviet symbols, such as the swastika and the hammer and sickle.

President Valdas Adamus is expected to sign the bill into law later this month, thus prohibiting the public display of the Soviet flag, military uniforms and the five-pointed Soviet star, as well as the playing of the Soviet national anthem.

Officials in Moscow reacted vehemently to the bill, approved late Tuesday after a heated debate.

"It is an insult to Soviet soldiers who died in combat to free the Baltics" from Nazi occupation, Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov said, Itar-Tass reported.