Lithuania’s Former President Algirdas Brazauskas Dies At 77

Algirdas Brazauskas, 77, died at home Saturday after suffering from prostate cancer.

Brazauskas became the Baltic republic’s president after it regained independence following five decades of Soviet occupation.

He had formerly been a leader of the Lithuanian Communist Party, but gained popularity by challenging the Kremlin with demands for more political and economic freedom in late 1980s.

Brazauskas is survived by his wife, Kristina, and two daughters

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