Russian imperialism has been laying on the low since the dissolution of the Communistic Empire, but recently, due to growing economical progress, Russia is on the move once again. It is awake. And the Russian Bear is angrier than ever.
We’ve heard before about different countries, people and even democracy itself have had to suffer a lot due to the growing aggression of Russia under President Putin. There is the ongoing persecution against the Chechen separatists who declared independence in the early 1990s together with other countries who wanted to free themselves from the Russian yoke. Further more, there are the support for the undemocratic corrupted left-wing leader in Ukraine, persecution against Georgia and Georgians on the wrong side of the Russian border, support for the Belorussian dictator and support for the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Thousands of people have been caused by the Russian aggression even during the Post-Soviet times. And now it is Estonia’s turn to get its share.
Estonia was the first country who freed itself from the Russian yoke (joke? hehe) in the 90s after the evil empire of Soviet felled apart. Russia will never forget nor forgive that! Let me tell you all about the contemporary architectural situation of Eastern Europe. It is filled with massive iron figures and statues that were raised as a reminder of the greatness of the Russian Empire and the Communist Manifesto. But since both of these things never brought the world ANYTHING good but pain, misery and destruction, these statues are nothing but an image of lies and occupation. It is like a knife in peoples souls to see statues raised to glorify the same country, the same people who were killing your daughters, killing your friends and occupying your country, still standing in these newly democratized countries as a reminder of their own oppression. WHY should Europe want to keep this monuments? WHAT do we have to win on that? We have nothing to thank Russia for. They are saying that they freed Estonia. Well, if they were going to free the country, why the HELL did they stay there for 50 years then and united it with its own country? Germans didn’t kill Estonians – Russians killed/kill Estonians! The communists killed a loot more people than the Nazis ever killed in that region. How can they call that freedom?
Now, in the end of April, police had to use tear gas to disperse protesters against Estonian authorities’ decision to remove this World War II Soviet monument. Angry demonstrators hurled rocks and bottles at the Estonian police and in Russia the government have made some clear threats to the government of Estonia.
Six policemen and a number of protesters were lightly injured in Estonia during the first rallies but now everything seems to be under control by the police force of Tallinn.
Funniest thing is that Moscow has accused the Baltic state of encouraging Nazism and discrimination against ethnic Russians. Please, allow me to laugh! Soviet troops were the once who FIRST invaded the Baltic countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – in 1940. After the Nazis fled back to Germany in 44, Russia retook its lost possessions and a huge killing campaign followed. Thousands of people had to flee. Among them my grandmother, an Estonian-Swede from the coastal areas of the Estonian archipelago. If any, it is a blasphemy to have these statues and monuments still standing. It is an insult and a direct attack on the victims for communism in Eastern Europe and Estonia.
Tear down the Red Army statues and make a HARSH stand against our eastern gigantic neighbor.
1 May, 2007
//Carl-Mikael A. Teglund