The message reads, in part:
“Donatas Banionis – an outstanding actor and a bright, extraordinary person – has passed away. This is an enormous loss for the people of Lithuania and millions of people in many nations.
Russians sincerely share your deep sorrow. We all remembered and loved Donatas Banionis, valued his talent, amazing acting technique and personal charisma, and his inimitable theatric and cinematic works.”
Donatas Banionis passed away on September 4 in Vilnius at the age of 90.
The actor performed in over 50 films and acted in over 100 works of theatre.