Lithuania: Court sides with Russian barred over national security

Lithuania’s Vilnius Regional Administrative Court has upheld an appeal annulling the Lithuanian Migration Department’s (LMD) decision to revoke the permanent residence permit of a Russian citizen on national security grounds, BNS reports. Lithuania’s State Security Department (VSD) found out that the applicant had worked at a prison colony in Sakhalin until 2002. However, the court ruled that having worked in a Russian prison was not sufficient grounds to be deemed a threat to national security. Also, the court concluded that the authorities had failed to consider the applicant’s individual circumstances. The man was born, has family ties, and is employed in Lithuania. LMD has appealed the case to the Supreme Administrative Court.