Vasilijus Safronovas

is a Lithuanian historian, research fellow at the Institute of Baltic Sea Region History and Archaeology (Klaipėda University) and the Lithuanian Institute of History (Vilnius).


Why is the Orthodox Church of Russia reclaiming the castles and churches of former East Prussia, now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, appropriated in 1917? The question is posed by a Lithuanian “outsider” in the light of recent changes in the ownership of important heritage sites in Kaliningrad.

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