Audronius Ažubalis

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Audronius Ažubalis
Audronius Ažubalis, 2010.jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
11 February 2010 – 13 December 2012
Member of the Seimas
In office
1996–2000
Incumbent
Assumed office
2004
Personal details
Born (1958-01-17)17 January 1958
Political party Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats

Audronius Ažubalis (born 17 January 1958 Vilnius, Lithuania) is a Lithuanian journalist and politician, serving as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania from 2010 - 2012. He was a member of the Seimas 1996–2000, and was elected again in 2004. He has chaired the foreign affairs committee of the Seimas. Ažubalis represents the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats, Lithuania's conservative party and part of the European People's Party.

Biography[edit]

In 1976 he graduated from Antanas Vienuolis secondary school in Vilnius and enrolled into the Vilnius University. He received a tertiary education degree in history in 1989. Later he continued his studies at the World Press Institute at Macalester College, USA.

In January 2010, Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius presented Ažubalis as a candidate for the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs to President Dalia Grybauskaitė.

Views on Stalinism[edit]

Together with five other European foreign ministers, Ažubalis has called for the criminalization of "the approval, denial or belittling of communist crimes,"[1] arguing that "everybody knows about the crimes of Nazism, but only part of Europe is aware of the crimes of communism."[2] Ažubalis has argued that "it is not possible to find differences between Hitler and Stalin except in their moustaches,"[3] echoing the view advanced by Stéphane Courtois in The Black Book of Communism.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lithuania seeks to keep alive the memory of totalitarian regimes". Alfa. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "EU newcomers demand ban on communist crime denial". EUbusiness. 14 December 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  3. ^ "A. Ažubalis: apgailėtina pasirašyti deklaraciją, atmetančią nacių ir sovietų nusikaltimų sulyginimą". lzinios.lt. 20 January 2012. Archived from the original on 20 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Courtois, Stéphane, ed. (1999). The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression. Harvard University Press. p. 9. ISBN 0-674-07608-7. 

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