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Postimees - Estonia | 12/02/2014

Please spare Tallinn new monument row

The Estonian repressed persons bureau Memento has called for a monument to the victims of the Soviet occupation to be erected on the site where the statue known as the bronze soldier stood until 2007. The Russian-born journalist Nikolai Karajev doesn't think much of the idea in the daily Postimees: "Today Tõnismägi Square symbolises a truce. As long as it remains a green space, one can see it as a no-man's-land: the monument was removed but no one has won this war between two truths - and no one can win, no matter how much some would like to. To judge by our population and our history, it's basically impossible for anyone to win here. Not everyone was free to choose their place of residence. In such a situation, two different interpretations of history are unavoidable. Tõnismägi must remain a neutral zone. ... Any new monument would be an attempt to have one version of the truth triumph over the other."

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