Statue out of place for years

Regarding Gwynne Dyer’s May 24 article, “Baltic cyberwar nothing but a squabble“: As an Estonian historian and writer with works published in 22 countries, I suggest that Dyer research his theme better before writing about it. Both my grandfathers, Estonian senior officers, were murdered in Russian camps, and most of our family members were either sent to Siberia or were forced to flee to the West in 1944. So I have a right to a qualified opinion on this matter.

Dyer insults all patriotic Estonians with the suggestion that the Soviet war memorial statue referred to should have been left where it was — in the center of Tallinn, where Russians can every year insult us again and again — instead of moved, as it was, to a military cemetery on the outskirts of town.

Come to Tallinn and we’ll show you both locations, and explain Estonian history as well as the current situation. That statue should have been moved back in 1991, along with the Lenins, Kalinins and other Soviet-era symbols. Russia was weak then and no one would have protested.

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