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Controversial Soviet statue moved to Estonian cemetary

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Controversial Soviet statue moved to Estonian cemetary


The statue at the centre of a diplomatic storm between Estonia and Russia has been put up at its new location. The bronze Russian soldier now stands at a military cemetery in the Estonian capital Talinn. But the bitter row it has caused has not been laid to rest.

The memorial – to commemorate Soviet troops who died in World War Two – was moved from its original location in central Tallinn. That site is now the focus of archaeological digs. Authorities say they have found the coffins of 12 Soviet soldiers who will now join the statue in the cemetery. Ethnic Russians make up around a quarter of Estonia’s population. Many claim they are discriminated against and see the removal as an insult. Protests in Estonia have turned ugly, with riots leaving one person dead and hundreds injured. In Moscow, protestors gathered outside the Estonian embassy. A Russian parliament delegation has visited Tallinn, calling for the government there to resign.

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