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Estonian authorities have prepared a legislative framework for the dismantling of Soviet monuments

Workers dismantle the tank-monument T-34 in Narva, Estonia

Workers dismantle the tank-monument T-34 in Narva, Estonia

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On Thursday, November 10, the Estonian government approved a number of amendments to the laws in order to create a legislative framework for the dismantling of Soviet military monuments. This was reported by the press service of the Cabinet.

In particular, the Estonian parliamentarians approved amendments to the building code, the planning law, the law on the application of the building code and the state property law. The Cabinet emphasized that Soviet military monuments should not express incitement to hostility and support “the occupation regime, acts of aggression, genocide,” notes RIA News.

The Cabinet of Ministers of Estonia in August announced the start of a campaign to dismantle Soviet monuments and reburial the remains of soldiers throughout the republic. The Prime Minister advocated demolition of “Red Army” monuments in the countryspecifying that the work is planned to be completed by the end of 2022.

The number of monuments is determined by a commission specially created for this purpose. According to preliminary data, there are from 200 to 400 monuments and memorials to Soviet soldiers in Estonia.

In Narva, on August 16, by order of the authorities, a monument was dismantled – a T-34 tank and six more Soviet military monuments. They were transferred to the Estonian War Museum in the village of Viimsi near Tallinn.

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