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Christian Party

image by Tomislav Todorović, 29 April 2013

Christian Party (Krikščionių partija) was founded in 2010 by merger of the Christian Conservative Social Union (Krikščionių konservatorių socialinė sąjunga) and the Lithuanian Christian Democratic Party (Lietuvos krikščioniškosios demokratijos partija) [1]. Its flag consists of two horizontal fields, green occupying upper two thirds and blue occupying the bottom third of the flag width, and is charged with a stylized tree on green and the party name, inscribed in two rows, on blue field, all charges in white [2, 3, 4]. The same design, in form of a rounded square, serves as the party logo [3], although there is an alternative version of this, with the green tree and blue inscriptions on white field [5].
Sources:
[1] Christian Party at Wikipedia:
[2] Photo of party flag at Facebook:
[3] Photo of party flag, in front of a car decorated with party logo, at Facebook:
[4] Photo of party flag at Facebook:
[5] Photo of a stage, decorated with the alternative version of party logo, at Facebook:
Image of flag, created as a modification of the SVG image of party logo from Wikipedia:
Tomislav Todorović, 29 April 2013


Front Party

Front Party (Lithuanian: Fronto partija), usually abbreviated to the Front (Lithuanian: Frontas), was a Socialist party in Lithuania. It was founded in 2008, and merged with the Lithuanian Socialist Party in 2009 to form the Socialist People's Front [1]. Its flag was dark red, with a black howling wolf in center, which was holding a yellow shield charged with black Columns of Gediminas symbol; beneath this,  word FRONTAS was inscribed in yellow [2, 3, 4]. The wolf is actually the Iron Wolf from the medieval legend of the founding of Vilnius, which appeared in Grand Duke Gediminas' dream as the sign from the Lithuanian gods (the Lithuanians were still pagans then) that a city shall be built at the place where he was sleeping during the dream [5]. The flag design is rather unusual for a leftist party, because legend of the Iron Wolf actually became popular with the awakening of Lithuanian nationalism, and there was also a Fascist organization named Iron Wolf which operated in pre-1941 Lithuania, so the use of such a flag would be expected by the ultra-rightists rather than the leftists. Regardless of that, use of word FRONTAS on the flag might have inspired the design of one of flags currently used by the Socialist People's Front.
Sources:
[1] Wikipedia page about the Front Party
[2] Socialist People's Front website - a photo of the Front Party flag
[3] Fotodiena website - a photo of the Front Party flag:
[4] Fotobankas.lt website - photo of the stage for the Front Party rally, decorated with the flag charges (yellow color replaced with white)
[5] Wikipedia page about the legend of the Iron Wolf:
Tomislav Todorović, 13 April 2012


Homeland Union - Lithuanian Christian Democrats

image by Tomislav Todorović, 29 December 2012

Homeland Union - Lithuanian Christian Democrats (Tėvynės sąjunga - Lietuvos krikščionys demokratai) was founded in 1993 as the Homeland Union (Tėvynės sąjunga) and present name was adopted in 2008 after the merger with the Lithuanian Christian Democrats (Lietuvos krikščionys demokratai). It is a party of moderate right, which is a member of the European People's Party and the International Democrat Union. Party flag is white, with large representation of the party logo in center. The logo consists of two blue shapes which together outline a white heart, party name abbreviation also in blue, and a green swallow. While the color shades vary somewhat on the photos of flag and logo which are available on the Web, it is clear that green is visibly lighter than on Lithuanian national flag and that blue is rather dark.
Sources:
[1] Wikipedia page about the party
[2] Party profile at the Facebook - photo of party flag (Image)
[3] Respublika.lt website - photo of party flag  (Image)
Image of flag derived from the Wikipedia image of party logo.
Tomislav Todorović, 29 December 2012


Labour Party

image by Tomislav Todorović, 16 April 2012

Labour Party (Lithuanian: Darbo partija) is a centrist political party which was founded in 2003 and is a member of the European Democratic Party. Its flag is white with the party logo, a white rising sun on a blue wide arrow-shape and the party name, also in blue, inscribed beneath in two rows. Its photos can be seen in the photo gallery at the party website.
The shade of blue seems to vary a bit, but comparing with the flag of European Union, which was also photographed at some of these events, seems to reveal that the shade is either the same or very similar on both flags. (This is why the attached image shows the same shade of blue as used for the image of EU flag.)
The attached image was created by using the SVG image of the party logo from Wikipedia.
Tomislav Todorović, 16 April 2012


Lithuanian National Bolshevik Party

NBP flag image by Tomislav Todorović, 12 May 2012

Considering the image name, this was probably meant to be "Lithuanian National Bolshevik Party". In my opinion, this image is certainly an error, because the flag is too similar to that of the "Latgalian National-Bolshevik Republic", whose image is shown here.
In fact, this "Lithuanian" flag is identical to the original version of the Latvian flag image (later repainted to match the real colors). It seems that there was a confusion involving Latvian and Lithuanian flags, the same flag having been attributed to the National Bolsheviks from both countries. Even if that flag was seen in Lithuania, still it doesn't mean that it was Lithuanian - it could have easily been brought there by the National Bolsheviks from Latvia who came to join their Lithuanian comrades for a rally.
On the other hand, there is a different flag which was indeed used by the Lithuanian National Bolshevik Party, which uses red flag charged with a hand grenade drawn in black and placed in center of a white disc. Such flag was seen in the city of Klaipeda on 2006-04-29 [1] and 2006-08-18 [2], during the protests against the closing down of Russian-language schools in Lithuania (28% citizens of Klaipeda are Russians - the greatest Russian population in Lithuania - and there is also the only Russian-language secondary school in the country). The photo from the first of these events also shows that the armbands worn by the party activists repeat the flag pattern [1]. The usual National Bolshevik flags and armbands with the hammer and sickle are probably not used at all, because that symbol is banned in Lithuania. These are the only reports about the Lithuanian National Bolshevik flag that can be found on the Web, and there are generally very few reports about the party, so that it is actually not known whether the party still operates at all - not only that the Russian population in Lithuania is very small (much smaller than in other Baltic countries), but the National Bolshevism seem to have never been very popular there, the Russians in Lithuania usually preferring less extreme political options.
Sources:
[1] National Bolshevik Party of Russia website - article about the protests in Klaipeda on 2006-04-29
[2] National Bolshevik Party of Russia website - article about the protests in Klaipeda on 2006-08-18
Tomislav Todorović, 12 May 2012

See also: National Bolshevik Party (Russia) and "Flag of Latgalian National-Bolshevik Republic, 2005"

Previously Reported (possibly wrong) Flag

NBP flag image by (anon.), 29 April 2003


Lithuanian National Youth

image by Audrius Slapsinskas, 26 August 2003 and Tomislav Todorovic, 6 August 2017

image by Audrius Slapsinskas, 26 August 2003 and Tomislav Todorovic, 6 August 2017
Emblem

Information recieved from from Mr. M. Kundrotas, chairman of the League of the Lithuanian National Youth (Lietuviu tautinio jaunimo lyga - <tautinelyga.dokeda.lt>): The emblem of the League of the Lithuanian National Youth - The black shield is charged with three red bands. It symbolizes two conective aspects of Nation - the blood and the earth. There is two national flags of Lithuania Major and Lithuania Minor on top. White circle with three flames symbolizes the originality and the concurrent of three ethnic and historic parts of Lithuania - Lithuania Minor, Lithuania Major and Samogitia (equivalent in Poland: Great Poland, Little Poland, and Mazovia). This symbol was published for the first time in the press of Lithuania Minor on the junction of 19th and 20th centuries. White circle symbolizes continued perfection (circle), light (white color) and Baltic culture.
The flag of the League of the Lithuanian National Youth - The flag has same motive just the shield is replaced with cross and circle. This is an oldiest ornamet in the world. It means harmony of difference in movement: the cross passes into circle through swastika.
Audrius Slapsinskas, 26 August and 6 October 2003

image located by Esteban Rivera, 01 April 2015

Here's a better image for the Lithuanian National Youth.
Source: http://defendinghistory.com/the-lingering-legacy-of-nazism-in-english/30815
Esteban Rivera, 01 April 2015

The full name of the organization is Lithuanian National Youth Union (Lietuvių tautinio jaunimo sąjunga). The description of its emblem, as well as photos of its flag, can be found at http://tautosjaunimas.lt.
More photos of the flag can be found at:
http://tautosjaunimas.lt/2016/02/08/prasmingas-penktadienio-vakaras-pasvalyje/
http://tautosjaunimas.lt/2011/06/18/lietuviu-tautinio-jaunimo-sajunga-paminejo-1940-metu-netektis/
https://www.15min.lt/ikrauk/naujiena/as-manau/lietuviu-tautinio-jaunimo-sajunga-apie-savo-ideologija-516-253679
http://alkas.lt/2011/11/21/lietuviu-tautinio-jaunimo-sajunga-paminejo-savo-desimtmeti/
Tomislav Todorovic, 6 August 2017


Lithuanian Peasant Popular Union

image by Tomislav Todorović, 14 April 2012

Lithuanian Peasant Popular Union (Lithuanian: Lietuvos valstiečių liaudininkų sąjunga) is a centrist political party. It was founded in 2001 as the Peasant and New Democracy Parties' Union (Lithuanian: Valstiečių ir Naujosios demokratijos partijų sąjunga), by merger of Lithuanian Peasant Party (Lithuanian: Lietuvos valstiečių partija), which was founded in 1990, and New Democracy Party (Lithuanian: Naujosios demokratijos partija, which was founded in 1993 as the Lithuanian Women's Party (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Moterų Partija), renamed in 1998 into the New Democracy - Women's Party (Lithuanian: Naujoji demokratija - Moterų partija) and adopted its eventual name in 2000. The party and both of its predecessors were able to gain elected representation in all parliamentary elections in Lithuania since 1996 until present.

The party flag is the green-white-green unequal vertical triband with the party logo in center and bicolor fimbriations between green and white fields. The fimbriations are white next to the green fields and dark red next to the white field. The logo consists of a green emblem, which resembles a stylized tree issuant from a wheel, and party name initials inscribed below in dark red. The photos which give the best view of the flag can be found at the party website (Image and at the Google+ photo galleries (Image 1, Image 2)
The described flag image is derived from the image (CDR format) of the party logo available for free download at the party website

2012 name and symbols change

In 2012, the party was renamed again into the Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union (Lithuanian: Lietuvos valstiečių ir žaliųjų sąjunga). A new logo was adopted as well, which shows white silhouette of a bird (most probably the stork) over the map of Lithuania in green and also includes the new party name in green. However, no new flag design was seen on the photos so far.
Tomislav Todorović, 14 April 2012

I just found out that my today's contribution about the flag of Lithuanian Peasant Popular Union is missing an important info - that the party, while having been founded as the Peasants and New Democratic Party Union, adopted the name under which I described it in 2006. Consequently, that is the earliest possible time of the adoption of the described flag.
Tomislav Todorović, 14 April 2012

image by Tomislav Todorović, 1 August 2017

According to the Statutes of the Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union: http://www.lvzs.lt/lt/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=66&Itemid=41, Article 1.6, the bird depicted in the party logo is indeed a stork. The promotional campaigns of the party often include performers costumed as the storks, as shown in two photo galleries at the party
website, available here: http://www.lvzs.lt/ and here: http://www.lvzs.lt/lt/. The new party flags are also shown in those photos. They have the ratio of about 5:4 (height greater than width) and display the new logo above the party name inscribed in two rows, on white field.
Close-up photos of the flag can also be seen here: http://lzinios.lt and here: https://www.tv3.lt. While this logo design is the only one which appears on the flags, other designs also exist. They are all available for free download from the party website: http://www.lvzs.lt/. The CMYK values for the shades of green which appear on the flag are 100-0-100-0 for the map and 92-49-95-18 for the inscription.
Tomislav Todorovic, 1 August 2017


Lithuanian Socialist Party

image by Tomislav Todorović, 13 April 2012

Lithuanian Socialist Party (Lithuanian: Lietuvos socialistų partija) was a Marxist political party founded in 1994, which in 2009 merged with the Front Party to form the Socialist People's Front [1]. Its flag, as described in the Article 3 of the party Statute [2], was red, charged with the party name abbreviation LSP in yellow. The animated image of the flag, which is shown on all the pages of the party website [2] (and reproduced at the Wikipedia [1]), is currently the only source for its design and the image was modelled after it. The design of the party flag has probably inspired the various flags of its successor, the Socialist People's Front.
Sources:
[1] Wikipedia page about the Lithuanian Socialist Party
[2] Lithuanian Socialist Party website - party Statute
Tomislav Todorović, 13 April 2012


New Union (Social Liberals)

I located the flag of the New Union (Social Liberals) - Naujoji Sąjunga (Socialliberalai) at <www.nsajunga.lt>.
Audrius Slapsinskas, 24 November 2003


"Order and Justice" (Tvarka ir teisingumas)

image by Jakub Grombíř, 30 September 2011

Here is one new flag of Lithuanian politic party. Tvarka ir teisingumas (it means "Order and Justice") was established at 2002 as Liberal Democratic Party, from 2006 it has present name. It is centrist party with rather populist and eurosceptic rhetoric. Really, it is personalist entity of former president Rolandas Paksas (by the way, it has biggest support in Samogitia, native region of Paksas). Flag is blue with golden eagle, four stars and letters LD (for Liberal Democracy, later replaced with TT - because of new name).
Jakub Grombíř, 30 September 2011

image by Tomislav Todorovic, 6 August 2018

Photos of current flag (logo with the current initials) can be found at http://ttsenamiestis.blogspot.rs, http://www.ttseskine.lt, http://www.tvarka.rokiskyje.lt/ and http://www.tvarka.rokiskyje.lt
Tomislav Todorovic, 6 August 2018


Socialist People's Front

image by Tomislav Todorović, 13 April 2012
Flag with the full party name

image by Tomislav Todorović, 13 April 2012
Flag with the "semi-abbreviation"

image by Tomislav Todorović, 13 April 2012
Flag with the abbreviation SLF

image by Tomislav Todorović, 13 April 2012
Flag with the word FRONTAS

Socialist People's Front (Lithuanian: Socialistinis liaudies frontas) was founded in Vilnius in 2009 by merger of two leftist parties, the Front Party and the Lithuanian Socialist Party [1]. The party uses red flags with various inscriptions in white. On one of them, the full name of the party is incribed in two rows, letter size adjusted so that both rows have the same length [2, 3]. Another flag is charged with the "semi-abbreviation" SL FRONTAS, inscribed in two rows [4, 5, 6]. The typeface used on these two flags is Bookman Old Style. On the third flag, the inscription is the party name abbreviation SLF and the typeface is Century Gothic or very similar [2, 3, 4, 6]. The fouth variant has the word FRONTAS inscribed an a rather "angled" typeface named Macadamia, although some of the letters appear rather "rounded" on the flags [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]; the reason for this modification is unknown, however the party does use the word FRONTAS, with all the letters inscribed properly, as a kind of logo [8, 9, 10], which is why the flag is shown here with no "roundings" on the letters. The general design of all these flags was probably inspired by that of the flag of Lithuanian Sociaist Party, which had the party name abbreviation inscribed in white on red field (see below), but the flag with the word FRONTAS ("Front") might have also been inspired by the flag of the Front Party (see below).
Sources:
[1] Wikipedia page about the Socialist People's Front
[2] Party website - demonstrations on 2010-05-01
[3] Alternative party website - photo gallery from demonstrations in Vilnius on 2012-03-28
[4] Party website - rally on 2010-07-12
[5] Party website - protests before the Estonian embassy in Vilnius on 2010-04-21
[6] Alternative party website - photo gallery from demonstrations in Vilnius on 2011-10-15
[7] Party website - a text illustrated with the photo of the party flag with the word FRONTAS
[8] Party website - a text illustrated with the image of word FRONTAS inscribed properly
[9] Party website - a text illustrated with the photo showing the word FRONTAS inscribed properly
[10] Party website - a text illustrated with the photo showing the word FRONTAS inscribed properly
Tomislav Todorović, 13 April 2012


The Way of Courage

image by Tomislav Todorović, 30 July 2017

Introduction
The Way of Courage (Lithuanian: Drąsos Kelias) is a populist political party in Lithuania with an anti-corruption platform. It was founded in 2012 by supporters of Drąsius Kedys, of Garliava, Kaunas County, who had claimed since 2008 that a ring of pedophiles, whose victim was his daughter, was protected from the legal action by justice officials, to be forced into hiding himself after two of the persons he was accusing were murdered the next year. Kedys was found dead in 2010 under unclear circumstances, which was followed by death of the chief suspect in the same year, who was posthumously acquitted in 2012. Eventual court order which transferred the custody of Kedys' daughter from his relatives to her mother, whom he was accusing for allowing their child to be abused for money, could be carried out only after the riot police broke the blockade by Kedys' supporters, for which the law had to be changed first in order to allow such an action. This whole course of events and large public support to Kedys' cause throughout Lithuania eventually led to formation of the political party, whose name alludes to Kedys' first name - Drąsius means "the brave" in Lithuanian. The new party won seven seats in the parliamentary elections in 2012, to lose them all in the elections in 2016.

Sources:
[1] The Way of Courage at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Way_of_Courage
[2] Case of Drąsius Kedys at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Case_of_Dr%C4%85sius_Kedys
[3] Lithuanian parliamentary election, 2012 at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithuanian_parliamentary_election,_2012
[4] Lithuanian parliamentary election, 2016 at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithuanian_parliamentary_election,_2016

Flag
The Way of Courage uses a plain purple flag. The available photos seem not to display the flags spread completely, which makes it difficult to determine the correct ratio, although a few examples still do reveal that there are no charges on the purrple field; the exception are small hand-held flags, which are also plain, and whose ratio is about 2:3, which is used in this reconstruction. The party members also often wear purple pieces of clothing, such as jumpers or kerchiefs (the latter sometimes charged with white letters DK, which appear on a purple shield as the party logo), and the use of purple umbrellas was also noticed.

Sources:
[1] The Way of Courage at Facebook - Photo from 2013-03-12: https://www.facebook.com
[2] The Way of Courage at Facebook - Photo album from 2013-03-27: https://www.facebook.com
[3] The Way of Courage at Facebook - Photo album from 2013-04-09: https://www.facebook.com
[4] The Way of Courage at Facebook - Photo album from 2013-04-19: https://www.facebook.com
[5] The Way of Courage at Facebook - Photo album from 2013-05-17: https://www.facebook.com
[6] The Way of Courage at Facebook - All photos: https://www.facebook.com/pg
Tomislav Todorovic, 30 July 2017


Union of Lithuanian Political Prisoners and Deportees

image by Tomislav Todorović, 15 April 2012

I saw a photo of this flag in newspaper in 1991 (Vilnius, 1991, demonstrations agains Soviets). Anybody knows what is it?
The flag was white-red-white triband with the heart in the centre. The heart was surmounted with a cross and charged with lithuanian "columns".
Victor Lomantsov, 2 September 2000

White-red white stood for whole Grand Duchy of Lithuania (present-day Lithuania, Byelarus, Ukraine; after 1569 Ukraine ceded to Poland).
If I were to guess, it looks like Lithuanian GDL - nationalist Catholics flag.
Bartek Kachniarz, 4 September 2000

I am unsure of what the colors mean. However, Mr. Kachniarz's explanation of the colors makes sense.  The charge in the middle of the flag is the symbol of the Sajudis movement of the late 1980's-early 1990's.  It was an independence movement, largely behind most anti-Soviet demonstrations, such as the "singing revolution".
Nicholas Lusas, 13 July 2001

All these comments are incorrect. The sign - the heart surmounted with a cross and charged with Columns of the Gediminas family - is an emblem of the Union of Lithuanian Political Prisoners and Deportees (Lietuvos politinių kalinių ir tremtinių sąjunga - <www.lpkts.lt>). I am not sure but middle red band should be replaced with Lithuanian tricolor, i.e. yellow-green-red. Anyway I asure you that displayed tricolor (white-red-white) is incorrect. Because it is national colors of white Russians and we, Lithuanians, do not use them.
Audrius Slapsinskas, 27 December 2002

I created the corrected version of the image, which is meant to show the flag of the Union of Lithuanian Political Prisoners and Deportees (Lithuanian: Lietuvos politinių kalinių ir tremtinių sąjunga). The flag photos can be found here (Image) and here (Image).
As the photos show, there are some variations in the flag design, mostly in the inscriptions on white stripes, but the logo also seems to vary a bit.
Tomislav Todorović, 15 April 2012