Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Back from datcha. Good luck, Estonia! (No more riots, please.)

A... hmmm... work of art in the National Estonian Art Museum KUMU, Tallinn. I don't think this painting is currently there, so don't rush to admire this! But it was there in September when there a was a special exhibition of Soviet art.

So, the Pronkssõdur Statue is gone. Or moved. Riots hopefully fading in Tallinn, leaving many angry drunkards in jail, some of them probably without an idea why they were locked up in cells in the first place. One person dead. That's sad.


These beautiful photos of the Finnish countryside are just referring to how we spent our (very short) holiday before May Day. In our datcha, of course (– and I am not referring to the sort of datcha I have mentioned before)!

But. I was furious for not being able to get news from the internet (did not have any sort of connection in the countryside.) Had many friends in Tallinn, of course, and on TV it looked... bad. (I hope you guys are ok.)

Better later than never, I have to add some strong words to the dispute over the Bronze Soldier (I have written about it earlier, too).

And now anti-Estonian reactions are boiling in Moscow, with a lot of drumming and all sorts of fireworks. Could it get even more ridiculous? (Probably.)

Please, all the wise Top Hats of powerful governments, please help the little Estonia! Russia is twisting the arguments so fallacious, in hair-raising way.

IStori being very compassionate now:

*** It does not matter what has been the original purpose of the statue. To the Estonians, during the past decades it has come to symbolise violent oppression. (Or so I have heard from various Estonian sources.) Should this be the case, then it is a miracle that this dominant, ugly statue has been able to occupy its central position for so long.

*** The Statue is in Tallinn, Estonia. Then it is up to the Estonians to decide what do with it. Not up to you, Russians, or to us, Finns, either (– but we Finns do not want to decide on anything! We just support you, our Southern brothers and sisters, and clap our hands)!

*** Yes, there is a huge Russian minority in Estonia. Right. But minority is a minority, and in democracy it is not enough. It's the majority that rules. (I am NOT referring to Bolsheviks, just drawing the basic lines of democracy!) The new, very respectful mesta for the Statue a little further from the center of Tallinn should be suitable for the (big) minority, anyway.

*** And, all of you/us outside Estonia, please do check out what it actually means to live in an occupied country. Occupied especially by the USSR. Deportations, anyone?

For example, in 1949 Operation Priboi was carried out, and then close to 100 000 people were deported from the Baltic states to the USSR, every third of them being a child.

"The deportation of Estonian people to Siberia started during the eve of June 14, 1941. 490 railway carriages were kept ready on branch lines. According to the lists made up in counties 11,102 people were to be deported from Estonia. -- Altogether over 10,000 people were deported from Estonia. Most grown-up men were declared arrested and were separated from their families. Their itinerary continued in overcrowded carriages through Narva and Irboska to Siberian death camps where most of them soon perished or were executed. By the spring of 1942 out of 3,500 men taken to these camps only a few hundred had survived. Women and children were sent to exile to Kirov and Novosibirsk oblasts. Hard work, hunger and exhaustion soon became fatal for half of them, and after the war 49% of those deported succeeded in returning home.

In March 1949 the next extensive deportation campaign was conducted in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Soviet authorities decided to deport forever 22,326 people from Estonia to the remotest areas of the USSR. The total number of innocent people intended to be deported from the Baltic States amounted to 100,000."

(The text was from the Tartu City Museum web pages. A good Latvian source on Operation Priboi is here.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Estonia, which has recently joined to EU and NATO, officially practices Apartheid policies and does its best to rehabilitate and legalize Fascism, for years. EU, US and other democracies preferred not to pay attention on that till now. However, it doesn't cancel the fact that Estonia carries out a policy of Ethnic Discrimination against ethnic Russians, who constitute a third part of its population. Most of these people were born in this country or live here for 30-40 years, but they were not even provided citizenship and are treated as second class people. Moreover, Estonia officially glorifies legionaries of Hitler's SS troops that exterminated Jews in Fascist death camps in Estonia during the Holocaust. Government sets up monuments to these Fascist butchers. They are allowed to march in the downtown of the capital, Tallinn. They are invited to official events; the Estonian President shakes their bloody hands, and calls them heroes of Estonia.

At the same time, Estonian government aggressively fights with any memories of millions of the Soviet soldiers, who paid with their lives to free Europe from the plague of the Fascism and to save dozens millions of Europeans of the death. And democratic countries - first of all EU and US, prefer to dissemble this again. But recently Estonian regime overstepped the limits, which makes it absolutely illegal from the point of view of common human values. On April 26, Estonian authorities have decided to finally erase the memory of the victory of Russian soldiers over the Hitler's Nazism by destroying the main World War II memorial to a Soviet warrior-rescuer, Bronze Soldier. For those Russians who live in Estonia, demolition of the memorial is not just a removal of some architectonic construction. This is the most painful insult of the memories of their fathers and grandfathers, who died in battle with the Fascism to bring freedom to the Europe.

Thousands of offended Estonian Russians came to a peaceful protest demonstration, demanding from Estonian officials to stop the vandalism. But instead dialogue Estonian authorities sent special police forces to suppress the protest. With no reason they started to fire in the protesters rubber bullets, water cannon and tear-gas, throw flash-bang grenades, and baton women and teenagers. During the massacre the first ethnic Russian was killed, dozens were injured and hundreds were arrested just because of their Russian ethnicity. Those arrested were thrown into in a harbor warehouse as they were livestock, and there they were beat by police within an inch of their life. Just think - in the heart of the Europe an Apartheid regime kills, injures and arrests hundreds people just because of their ethnicity! However, almost all of the European and American media keep hypocritical silence or even worse call this "pacifying gangs of drung vandals".

This is disgrace! This is shame not only on those European and US governments that support this Nazi state. This is shame on every European and American who keeps silence today. Keeps silence, because somewhere inside he or she is confident that rehabilitation of Fascism, and Apartheid crimes committed against those "dirty Russian" at the heart of the European Union, provide "useful lesson" to Russians and Russia. But maybe you think that this is not your business? Then let me remind you a famous phrase by German priest Martin Niemoller he said about Nazis in 1945: "First they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.... Then they came for me and by that time there was no one left who can speak up for me". Today, new European Nazis came for the Russians, and the Europeans keep silence or, better to say, silently approve. Well, you can be sure - this is just the beginning, and some day yours home-grown Nazis, inspired by your silence of the crimes of the Estonian Fascism, will come for you. And there will be no one to speak up for you. Because Russians, once rescued the Europe from the Fascism, will never pay again with millions of their lives for those not speaking up today.