Petras Raslanas

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Petras Raslanas (Russian: Пётр Раслан) (born March 25, 1914 in Riga, Russian Empire (currently Latvia))[1] is a Russian war criminal active during the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states, when he served in the NKVD. He was convicted of the crime of genocide in 2001.

Rainiai massacre[edit]

Raslanas, an ethnic Lithuanian who is now a Russian citizen,[2] joined the Komsomol in 1931 and the Communist Party of Lithuania in 1938 following which he was sentenced to five years' imprisonment by the Lithuanian government for revolutionary activity.[3] After the Soviet occupation of Lithuania in 1940 he became head of the NKVD in Telšiai and is claimed to be responsible for the Rainiai massacre.[4] He since had high positions in the Soviet Union, and was an official in the Soviet Ministry of Religious Affairs.[5]

In 2001 he was convicted of genocide by Šiauliai Area Court in Lithuania in absentia and sentenced to life imprisonment.[4] However, he still lives as a free man in Russia as Russian authorities have denied requests for extradition.[6]


  1. ^ Raslanas, Petras. "Petras Raslanas -". kgbveikla. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Gitelman, Zvi Y. (1997). Bitter legacy: confronting the Holocaust in the USSR. Indiana University Press. p. 206. ISBN 978-0-253-33359-9. 
  3. ^ Jews and Jewish topics in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Centre for Research of East European Jewry. 8–11: 65. ISSN 0334-6641.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ a b Quigley, John B. (2006). The Genocide Convention: an international law analysis. Ashgate Publishing. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-7546-4730-0. 
  5. ^ Kultura. 9–12: 123. 1988.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "В Израиле умер обвиняемый в геноциде литовцев". 25 February 2008. Retrieved 29 April 2010.