The Chairman of the Russian Audit Chamber Sergei Stepashin has laid flowers to the Red Army Memorial in Tallinn and to a memorial to Estonians who fell in their country’s independence war in 1918-1920.
Stepashin is the first top Russian official to pay tribute to those who fought against the Germans and the Bolsheviks.
The war ended with the signing of a peace treaty under which Soviet Russia became the first country to recognize the independence of Estonia.
In an interview broadcast by Interfax, he said he had laid flowers on his own accord as a humanitarian move.
The Russian Audit Chamber chief is on a visit to Estonia at the invitation of the country’s state inspection agency.