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Bronze Soldier Of Tallin: Russia Derails Estonian Protests

by | 3rd, May 2007

IT’S not often Estonia is in the news. One imagines Estonia is not often in the news in Estonia. But one thing is for sure enough of the locals that are not ethnic Russian (about a third are) hate the Russians.

Hereunder from Eu Ref:

IT really did look like the story of the Bronze Soldier would die. May 1 was quiet in Tallinn, though the, no doubt, spontaneous pickets in Moscow outside the Estonian embassy continued. There was also a demonstration outside a press centre where the Estonian ambassador was due to hold a press conference, though she was, for a while prevented from leaving the embassy compound.

At one point, while the militia was looking elsewhere, about 25 of the picketers quite spontaneously broke into the building and smashed up a good deal of the furniture.

Now Russia seems to be doing what it does best: bullying. Of course, it might be a coincidence but all of a sudden, the state owned railway company has decided to carry out maintenance on railways leading to Estonia, thus preventing the export of both oil and coal. Well, actually, the coal has been halted because there are not enough wagons, it seems, in the whole of Russia and the Estonians could not find substitute ones immediately.

The sudden cessation of oil exports is likely to have a knock-on effect as much of the produce is then re-exported to northern Europe.

This is sadly reminiscent of Russia’s reaction to what they view as recalcitrant behaviour in other former Soviet republics or, in the case of Poland, just colonies.

The European Union and the holder of the presidency have found themselves drawn

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