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VILNIUS – The Genocide and Resistance Research Center of Lithuania says documents show that the well-known Lithuanian violinist and conductor, Saulius Sondeckis, who died in 2016, worked for the KGB during the Soviet period.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the same was discovered about Lithuanian actor, Donatas Banionis, who passed away in 2014.
Sondeckis was supposedly recruited by the KGB in 1962. Under the alias “Saliutas” he allegedly worked for the KGB until 1982. Russian intelligence became interested in the conductor on account of his father, Jackus Sondeckis, who had immigrated to the US.
The center claims that the KGB got hold of the conductor in 1967, since it had received information that his father in the US wanted to make contact with him. The goal was to force the son to influence his father to renounce his anti-Soviet activity and return to Lithuania, where he could be used more actively. In 1986 a meeting of the father and son was reportedly arranged in Canada, where the conductor had traveled for a concert.
Saulius Sondeckis was the founder and irreplaceable conductor of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and the Saint Petersburg Camerata in Leningrad (now the St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra). The conductor died on February 3, 2016, at the age of 88.
The Genocide and Resistance Research Center of Lithuania is a state institution that was created in 1997. The center investigates instances of genocide, crimes against humanity and military crimes in Lithuania and persecution of the inhabitants of Lithuania during the occupation period. Since 2011 the center has been assigned a new function – to check, analyze and publish documents from the intelligence service of the former Soviet Union.