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Estonia Removes WWII Monuments to Prevent Russian Meddling

The T-34 Tank memorial from WWII showing where the Red Army crossed into Estonia in 1944, in Narva, Estonia.

The T-34 Tank memorial from WWII showing where the Red Army crossed into Estonia in 1944, in Narva, Estonia.

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Estonian authorities removed a Soviet-era monuments including a T-34 tank after Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said Russia was using them to foment hostility in the Baltic country. 

Kallas said Tuesday that Soviet monuments had been brought back into the public eye as a reminder of Russian aggression that “opened up old wounds” after the invasion of Ukraine. The government’s push to remove hundreds of Soviet monuments cuts into the country’s cultural divide, with Russian speakers making up nearly a quarter of the population.