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Russian leader urges boycott of Estonian goods

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Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister has reportedly called for a boycott of Estonian goods in the latest skirmish over plans to pull down a monument to Soviet soldiers.

Sergei Ivanov, whose widely seen as a potential successor to President Putin, told a meeting of war veterans not to buy Estonian goods and not to go to the country on vacation.

The row erupted over plans to remove a bronze memorial from its central Tallinn position.

Many Estonians view it as a reminder of what they see as four decades of Soviet occupation and Red Army ruthlessness.

Estonia seems unconcerned by Ivanov’s urge to boycott the country.

It says more than a million Russian holidaymakers visit each year and accused Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister of electioneering.