Respublika (Lithuanian newspaper)

Respublika is a Lithuanian newspaper, published since September 16, 1989. Since January 7, 1991 it has published a Russian language edition (Республика).[1]

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TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherRespublika Publications Group
Editor-in-chiefVitas Tomkus
Political alignmentConservatism, soft euroskepticism, nationalism
LanguageLithuanian, Russian
HeadquartersVilnius, Lithuania
Sister newspapersVakaro Žinios, Žalgiris

In 1993 one of the founders, deputy editor in chief, and investigative journalist Vitas Lingys was shot to death in Vilnius after several death threats.[2] Lingys wrote about organized crime and published several revealing stories about "Vilnius Brigade" crimes. Boris Dekanidze was found guilty for this crime[3] and sentenced to death.[4] He became the last person to be executed in July 1995 before the death sentence was abolished.[5]

According to the TNS Gallup data, Respublika publication group is dominating in the country's press market. Newspaper by Respublika publication group (dailies Respublika (Lithuanian and Russian), Vakaro žinios, Šiaulių kraštas and Vakarų ekspresas) were read in average by 79.2% of all newspaper readers in early 2008.[6]

Circulation of Lithuanian edition of Respublika reached 38,000 copies on Mondays–Thursdays and 55,000 copies on Fridays–Saturdays in 2005.[7] In March 2007 26-year-old Ramunė Vaičiulytė became Respublika's first female editor-in-chief.[8]


  1. ^ "Nuo aviatoriaus iki redaktoriaus". Respublika. 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2009-10-21.
  2. ^ "Lithuanian reporter is slain". The New York Times. 1993-10-13. Retrieved 2006-03-21.
  3. ^ Navazelskis, Ina. "Lithuania: a killing and a crusade". Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Archived from the original on 2006-02-03. Retrieved 2006-03-25.
  4. ^ "Amnesty International concerns in Europe May - December 1994". Amnesty International. Retrieved 2006-03-25.
  5. ^ "Lithuania",, accessed 2008-08-21.
  6. ^ ""TNS Gallup": "Respublikos" skaitomumas" (in Lithuanian). 2008-04-03. Retrieved 2009-02-06.
  7. ^ "Stulbinanti dienraščio Respublika prenumeratos akcija" (in Lithuanian). 2005-10-04. Retrieved 2009-02-06.
  8. ^ ""Respublikos" redaktore tapo Ramunė Vaičiulytė" (in Lithuanian). 2007-03-18. Retrieved 2009-02-06.

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