NewsEuropeThe Estonian Government approves the demolition of hundreds of Soviet monuments

The Estonian Government approves the demolition of hundreds of Soviet monuments

Soviet monument in Estonia – WHITEHOTPIX / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACT PHOTO

The Estonian government has approved a plan for the removal and demolition of up to 244 monuments erected in public space during Soviet times or in honor of the Red Army’s victory in World War II against Nazi Germany.

The authorities of the Baltic country have given their approval to the removal of some monuments that, in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a large part of the Estonian population considers offensive because they recall decades of Soviet occupation.

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This decision is the result of the final report drawn up by a commission promoted in June by the Estonian Government itself and which has resolved that of the 322 monuments analyzed, more than 70 are considered ideologically neutral, with which they will remain in public space.

Among these stands out the military cemetery of the Estonian Defense Forces in Tallinn -where the Soviet statue of the Bronze Soldier is located-, as well as the Maarjamae memorial complex, also in memory of the troops who fell during World War II.

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The Estonian authorities, together with other European powers, have intensified the removal and demolition of Soviet monuments in public space as one of the response measures to the war in Ukraine, launched by Russia at the end of February.

One of the most prominent episodes occurred in August, when Tallinn ordered the withdrawal of a Soviet tank from the border town of Narva. That decision provoked the anger of Moscow, which considered the gesture as a contempt for the Soviet work in the war.

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