Vilnius, December 6th. President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus conveyed condolences to the family of Russian academician Vladimir Toporov and members of the Russian Academy of Science.
“Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of someone so loved and dear to us all. We remember Vladimir Toporov as a great scholar and a friend of Lithuania who supported our aspirations towards the independence and researched Indo-European parent languages, history and mythology of the Balts,” – said President Adamkus in his letter of condolences.
V. Toporov was researching cultures of the world nations, their history, folklore and mythology. His studies of the Baltic toponymy and mythology, as well as the multi-volume dictionary of Prussian language are very important to Lithuanian researchers.
In protest against the use of brutal force in Lithuania on 16 January 1991, this world-wide known scholar refused to accept the state award of USSR for his fundamental study "Myths of World Nations" and called on Lithuanian citizens not to give up striving for their ideals and goals.
“People of Lithuania will always cherish memory of this prominent personality, and his name will be entered into history of the world science”, - said President in his letter.
V. Toporov was a member of the Russian Academy of Science, Honorary Member of the Latvian Academy of Science, Honorary Doctor of Vilnius University and many other universities around the world.