Swedish statesman moves in on 'forest brothers' debate

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Swedish politician, former prime minister and foreign minister Carl Bildt on July 21 chipped in on the 'forest brothers' debate by tweeting that their role in European history had been hidden for too long. 

As reported by LSM, NATO recently made a film about the 'forest brothers' - partisans who continued armed resistance to the Soviet occupation of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania after the end of the Second World War.

It drew predictably irate reactions from Russian state organs and embassies. The video was also something of a departure for NATO, which generally focuses on contemporary issues and military exercises.

Bildt's tweet, which ramps up support for highlighting the national partisans' role in history, also links a story that traces how the Russian view of the the matter - closely resembling Soviet-era propaganda - is being disseminated across Kremlin-linked media. Additionally, the story examines the fierce official and civil response the Kremlin's line encountered in Lithuania.

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