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Estonia and Russia stuck in statue row

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Estonia and Russia stuck in statue row


Russia has threatened ‘serious consequences’ if the Estonian Parliament carries out a decision to move a controversial statue. A majority of just two members voted to take the statue of a Soviet Red Army soldier from its current location in the centre of the capital, Tallinn, and put it in a cemetary.

Many Estonians see the monument as a symbol of 50 years of Soviet occupation.

But the measure has angered Moscow, who claims the removal dishonours Soviet troops who expelled the Nazis from Estonia at the end of World War Two. Estonian Russians had also protested against the move by laying flowers at the site.

Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip had campaigned to displace the statue, but critics say he simply wants to attract the nationalist vote just two weeks ahead of elections.

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