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Angry Over Russia’s War, Estonia Set to Destroy Soviet Monuments

A Soviet war memorial removed from downtown Tallinn in 2007. 

A Soviet war memorial removed from downtown Tallinn in 2007. 

Source: AFP/Gettty Images

The Estonian government plans to remove and demolish 244 Soviet monuments, which many people find offensive because they represent the Baltic nation’s decades-long occupation.

A government committee formed in June, reviewed and decided the fate of 322 monuments, the majority of these being World War II memorials that will be destroyed and graves that will be re-interred at cemeteries.