With the collapse of the Soviet Union many of them have switched their ideals to pro-European Union (as this is where the new winds are blowing).
Slow lustration meant that unlike in some other ex-communist countries the people of Lithuania were not informed on who served totalytarian institutions during the Soviet occupation.
The old age pension is therefore relatively small but even this puts a great strain on the economy, pushing the state to borrow money at high costs.
The Soviet clichés imposed on every age group had a person's life neatly divided into distinct "age bands", each with its own duties.
In vying for economical power, the "nomenclature" was in some sectors outcompeted by 1990s self-made men who established retail, import/export and other businesses in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as well as privatised those Soviet "businesses" that the "nomenclature" didn't want.
After independence the education and healthcare remained public rather than private (leading to mediocre salaries) while classical art failed to attract enough customers to be commercially viable.
The former "nomenclature" is typically reluctant to show off its wealth as this would attract unwanted attention and questions.
After independence the Soviet "nomenclature" was joined in the competition for the political power by the former independence activists (mainly intellectuals).
Retired people are generally less well-off than in the West due to former Soviet policies.
There have been no pension funds in Lithuania, meaning that the current workforce (rapidly decreasing due to emigration) is forced to pay the pensions to the entire retiree population (23% of all citizens).