The sculpture, erected upon agreement of the Lithuanian World Center, the Lithuanian-American Community and the Lithuanian Consulate in Chicago, was unveiled on Saturday. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius was present at the ceremony, the embassy said.
"On May 4, 2019, a monument was unveiled on the outskirts of Chicago honoring certain Adolfas Ramanauskas, who was accused of being involved in the Holocaust… The only organization in the US that protested the event was the Simon Wiesenthal Center [Jewish human rights organization]. This voice was left unheard by U.S. authorities, the so-called human rights organizations and numerous think tanks that focus on Eastern Europe (forming anti-Russian agenda in Washington)", the Russian Embassy in the United States said in a statement, posted on Facebook.
It stressed that unveiling the monument to Ramanauskas mere days before the Victory Day of the Allied Forces in Europe was "especially cynical".
The embassy called on Washington to exercise influence on Lithuania and urge it to abandon its policies of glorifying nationalists.
"We call upon Washington to bring their Baltic satellites to their senses, as they try to impose the values of those responsible for ethnic cleansings on the U.S. society. If it is not too late", the Russian Embassy in the United States concluded.
The Forest Brothers was a guerrilla movement that united Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian partisans opposing the Soviet rule during and after World War II.