- May 2014
After initial terror after Stalin's death things were not that bad in Baltic republics. Industrialization was double edged sword for us, after break from Soviet Union vast majority of large factories have collapsed. They were so much integrated to Soviet Union economy, that with Russian blockade could not survive. Life actually is getting better here. With that demographic problems most likely will resolve themselves. Not many people talk about it, but for a lot of Belorussians and Ukrainians Baltic countries seem to be very attractive. I don't know why, if I was Ukrainian looking for place to emigrate I would choose Germany, not Lithuania. For whatever reason tens of thousands come looking for work already and if our politicians would make it easier hundreds of thousands would come. So, dream of Lithuanian nation state most likely will not survive for long, but no good place stays empty for long.
Also, as long as Ukrainians and Belarusians will assimilate after they will move to Lithuania, I really don't see a problem with a lot of them moving to Lithuania.