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Council of Russian communities in Estonia: September 22 events will influence presidential elections

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On September 5, the Council of Russian Communities in Estonia sent an open letter to Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip and Tallinn mayor Yuri Ratas, where it expressed concern for the fact that elections of the Estonian president, who will be elected by electoral college, are set for September 23. It is said in statement, handed over to REGNUM, that September 23 is dangerously close in political sense to September 22 the 62nd anniversary of Tallinns liberation from Nazi occupation: “There are quite real concerns that the situation around Bronze Soldier Monument at Soviet soldiers common grave in Tallinn downtown will influence upon decision of the electoral college on September 23.”      

The Council of Russian Communities in Estonia fears that September 22 may be used by the countrys right forces, which figure on to provoke clashes between National-Radicals and anti-Fascists in order to use the confrontation for political advantages during the presidential elections: “We do not exclude that in connection with Estonian authorities ban of any political activity near the monument, on September 22, acts of civil disobedience to authorities and clashes with police, which can result in victims from both sides and unpredictable political consequences, may take place.” In order to avoid conflict escalation, the CRCE called the Estonian premier and the Tallinn mayor to guarantee free access to the common grave and the monument in Tallinn, securing public order in appropriate way, which would prevent from provocations.

The statements authors stressed that they considered monument at common grave of Soviet soldiers to be monument in honor of all people, who died in struggle against German Nazism liberating Estonia. According to them, it is a considerable part of the 20th centurys common history, which may not be changed in connection with “peculiarity of the current moment.” “Those, who do not respect their own history, do not have future,” the statements authors stressed, categorically opposing to revision of outcomes of WWII.

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