MOSCOW -- An action of protest against the removal of the Monument to the Soviet Soldier-Liberator in Tallinn, was held without incidents in downtown Moscow, a source in the information department of the Moscow main police department told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
Partakers of the rally issued an appeal to the Estonian parliament, in which they denounced the Estonian law, which allows pulling down monuments to Soviet soldiers and relocating their graves. They also opposed “fanning up nationalistic sentiments in Estonia.”
About 2,000 people participated in the rally under the slogan “Protect the memory of Soldier-Liberators”. The movement Molodaya Gvardiya (Young Guard) of United Russia, Georgiyevtsy, Nashi (Ours), Rossiya Molodaya (Young Russia) and the Estonian non-governmental organisation Night Watch voiced protests to the Estonian authorities, which passed the law to pull down the Monument to the Soviet Soldier-Liberator in Tallinn. About 300 Nashi activists were wearing the Soviet military uniform.
Young people, who were carrying the flags of their movements, chanted slogans: “We are a living monument to the war,” “Hitler is a hero of Estonia,” “Protect the memory of soldier-liberators.” According to war veterans, Estonia wants to mar their victory in World War Two. The Young Guard of United Russia initiated the rally.
More than 150 policemen and servicemen enforced order during the rally.