On May 6, 1982, a militia official detained Father Kazimieroj Mindaugas Žilys near the church and stated that they wished to inspect his room (at Panemunykėlių 5 in Alytus), because citizen Voveris, who was allegedly printing catechisms ordered by Father Žilys, had been detained in Kaunas. During the search, a large number of Lithuanian and Polish catechism pages were confis­cated. After the search, Father Žilys was interrogated several times. He was brought into a face-to-face confrontation with Voveris. The latter recognized the priest. The interrogator attempted to obtain the necessary testimony from Father Žilys, but he refused to talk. Upon releasing Father Žilys to go home, the interrogator placed him under house arrest.


At the beginning of May 1982, a group of militiamen arrived at the seminary and searched the room of third-year seminarian Petras Linkevičius. No incriminating items were found. It appears that the search was conducted in an attempt to find individuals who produce religious publications: catechisms and prayerbooks.

Leipalingis (Rayon of Lazdijai)

On April 2, 1982, Robertas Grigas was summoned to the central headquarters of the security police to see Interrogator R. Sprindys.

When Grigas asked the interrogator to identify himself, KGB Colonel Sprindys retorted: "Read the Chronicle, you'll find my name there!" During the interrogation, the chekist displayed patriotic and religious publications confiscated in searches and did his utmost to denigrate and debase Lithuania's underground; he accused Grigas of not liking the Soviet government. Finally he shouted: "Don't say anything, just explain who shaped your beliefs!" shouted chekist Sprindys. "The Lithuania you are torturing," calmly replied the youth.

When the chekists maintained that Lithuania's true patriots are they themselves, Grigas asked why two collections of magazines (Sovietskaya Litva — Soviet Lithuania and Pravda — Truth) in the waiting room are only in Russian.

"We are internationalists," explained the chekists; but they did not answer the question of whether internationalists speak only Russian. When asked to explain the purpose of his summons, Colonel Sprindys gave Grigas an official KGB warning to read regard­ing "possession of literature damaging to state interests". The warning which listed all the literature confiscated from Grigas in a search concluded with the threat that if this recurs and an "instance of dissemination" transpires, he could be prosecuted.

Robertas Grigas refused to sign the warning.


In March 1982, Jonas Margys and other faithful of the parish of Rokiškis were summoned to the Rayon of Rokiškis security police for interrogation. The chekists were interested in what people know about priests, whether priests organize meetings in the rectory, print the Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, etc. Chekist Širvys ordered them to name the adults and children who belong to the church choir.

At the conclusion of the interrogation, the chekists warned the people to tell no one of the interrogation.


On May 6, 1982 six chekists searched the apartment of (Miss) Marytė Subačiūtė (at Dzerzhinskio 138-40) and confiscated the following: issue No. 51 of the LKB Kronika (Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania), Dievas ir Tėvynė (God and Country), Rūpintojėlis (Suffering Christ), etc.

An interesting detail is that, after invading the apartment, the chekists immediately headed for the spot where the publications that interested them were located, and searched little elsewhere. When (Miss) Subacute refused to sign the search report, the chekists carted everything away without leaving any document on the con­fiscated items.

Following the search, (Miss) Subačiūtė was interrogated twice by chekists, they threatened to draft a case against her and suggested that she collaborate with the security police as the best alternative.