AT Estonia classified the composition of theThe working group for the elimination of monuments of the Soviet era, formed under the State Chancellery of the country. It is only known that the commission includes “representatives of various ministries and departments,” and it is headed by Asko Kivinuk, who previously worked at the state defense investment center. About this August 5 wrote Estonian state broadcasting portal ERR.

The State Chancellery told journalists that the commission meets once a week and will present a legal analysis of plans for the dismantling of Soviet monuments next week.

“Members of the Cabinet of Ministers are aware of what is being discussed in the commission, we have already been introduced to its materials twice,” said Minister of Public Administration Riina Solman. “As for secrecy, if you look at what happened in Narva, where an excavator that helped dismantle a Soviet howitzer was burned, then it becomes clear that the secrecy is well justified here. The members of the commission may be exposed to threats and dangers, so the Estonian state must protect them and allow them to work in peace.”

Solman expressed hope that in the next few days the commission will present an action plan for the dismantling of Soviet monuments, after which the government will “inform” the public about it.

“Someone is afraid of revenge from Stalin or Putin?”

A member of the Estonian Parliament from the opposition Conservative People’s Party, historian Jaak Valge called the classification of the composition of the commission “ridiculous.” It “leaves the impression that someone is afraid of revenge from Stalin or Putin. If one of the members of the commission wishes to remain anonymous, it would be better for such people to recuse themselves. These are issues of fundamental importance for Estonia, and they should be discussed openly “, says Valge.

Urmo Soonvald, editor-in-chief of the Estonian news portals Delfi and Eesti Päevaleht, agrees with him. “In the current situation, this commission is required to be as transparent as possible – the public must know who is on the commission, what they are discussing, according to what criteria decisions are made, when they will be implemented. These decisions will have great social and political weight, and the current secrecy at some point, it will start working against these decisions,” he said.

The Estonian government wants to remove the monuments of the USSR as soon as possible

“As soon as possible”remove all Soviet monuments from public space The Estonian government decided on 4 August. According to various estimates, there are from 200 to 400 such monuments in Estonia. The government fears that special problems may arise with the dismantling of the monument to the T-34 tank in Narva, a predominantly Russian-speaking city. Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu believes that the tank needs to be moved to another location within a month, otherwise there may be riots similar to those that took place in 2007 when transfer from the center of Tallinn “Bronze Soldier” – a monument to Soviet soldiers who fell in World War II.

Estonian President Alar Karis in an interview with ERR on Friday, August 5, commented on the future fate of the Narva monument T-34 as follows: “If recently I thought that it was enough to put a sign with an explanation of history next to the tank on the banks of the Narova, now this is not enough. The place of the World War II tank is not on a pedestal by the road between Narva and Narva-Jõesuu, but in a museum.”

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