The Gremlins From the Kremlin
What a translation by Veronica Khokhlova at Global Voices characterizes as the suppression of a Russian minority in Estonia is portrayed by La Russophobe as interference by Russia in an internal decision by Tallinn to move a war monument.
As Estonian authorities cordoned off the central square where the Red Army war memorial has been for decades, about 1000 pro-Russian demonstrators gathered nearby to protest. Their demonstration turned into a riot in which police used water cannon, rubber batons, and flash and sound grenades to disperse crowds and prevent youths from forcing their way through a police cordon. "One person died after being taken to hospital and 43 have been treated for injuries sustained in the violence," Tallinn police chief Raivo Kuut said on Estonian Television.
Version 1: "When I arrived ... 2 to 3 thousand people were already there, chanting 'Shame!' and 'Fascists!'. " Version 2: "The leader of the Russian senate called for diplomatic relations with Estonia to be broken because of the removal of the monument. Russia's foreign ministry called the move 'blasphemous' and said relations would be examined." This in the wake of Putin's threat to trash a treaty limiting the deployment of troops and conventional military equipment in Europe unless the US stops its plans to provide missile defense for Eastern Europe.
La Russophobe notes the incident is a battle over history on many levels. Not everyone in the West, especially those who fondly recall "Uncle Joe", remembers that Eastern Europe was overrun by two sets of dictators, Hitler and Stalin, whose victims found there wasn't a dime's worth of a difference between them.
Ethnic Estonians see the memorial as a symbol of 50 years of Soviet occupation while Russia considers it a symbol of the fight against Nazism in World War II. ... The plan to relocate the statue has caused anger in Moscow, which says the Estonians are glorifying fascism by insisting on moving it.
Boris Yeltsin was laid to rest a few days ago. In the coffin with him were the days when Russia deferred to the West. The very atmosphere around Putin screams that Russian agressiveness is back. No one should worry. If Segolene Royal becomes the next President of France, Europe will put Putin in his place.