Leonidas Donskis was born on August 13, 1962, and died on September 21, 2016.
He was a Lithuanian philosopher, political theorist, historian of ideas, social analyst, and political commentator, Professor of Politics and Head of “VDU Academia Cum Laude” at Vytautas Magnus University and Honorary Consul of Finland in Kaunas.
Donskis was also the member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2009 to 2014.
Whilst he was a public figure in Lithuania, he acted as a defender of human rights and civil liberties.
During 2004, Donskis has been awarded by the European Commission the title of the Ambassador for Tolerance and Diversity in Lithuania.
As a center-right politician, Donskis has always been opposed to all extreme or exclusionary attitudes and forms of violent politics, and, instead, has been leaning to liberalism with its advocacy of individual reason and conscience, ability to coexist with democratic programs of other non-exclusive ideologies, and moderation.
He died due to an apparent heart attack.
Leonidas Donskis passed away at 54 years old.