"Today, the municipal council unanimously backed the proposal to dismantle the obelisk with Soviet symbols in central Palanga. The remains of the soldiers will not be moved," the mayor said.

The move still needs the approval of the Council for the Evaluation of Immovable Cultural Heritage on this cultural heritage object's valuable characteristics, as well as for the approval of the Department of Cultural Heritage.

The obelisk featuring Soviet symbols will be replaced by a plaque indicating the burial place of Soviet soldiers.

According to the Ministry of Culture, there are a total of 158 sites in Lithuania, located near the graves of Soviet soldiers. Several dozen of them have already been removed from the cultural heritage registers.