Russian Interior Ministry Issues Warrant for Estonian Prime Minister and Other Politicians Over WWII Monument Controversy
According to information provided by the TASS news agency, the basis for such a decision were actions related to "crimes against the memory of the liberators of the world from Nazism and fascism.
According to information provided by the TASS news agency, the basis for such a decision were actions related to "crimes against the memory of the liberators of the world from Nazism and fascism."
In a statement distributed through the Telegram channel, Maria Zakharova, the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, emphasized the seriousness of the accusations, stating that "there must be accountability for crimes against the memory of the liberators of the world from Nazism and fascism! And this is just the beginning."
Estonia, along with Latvia and Lithuania, has long been known for its policy of strengthening NATO's eastern flank and actively supporting Ukraine in its confrontation with Russia, which has repeatedly caused dissatisfaction in Moscow. While official representatives of the Estonian government have not yet commented on the matter, the announcement of a search for the Prime Minister is expected to provoke a sharp reaction not only from Tallinn but also from its international partners.
In addition to Kallas, other high-ranking Estonian politicians are included in the search list, including Secretary of State Taimar Peterkop. The basis for their pursuit is presumed to be the dismantling of the T-34 tank memorial in Narva, perceived in Russia as a symbol of victory over Nazism.
The situation concerns not only Estonia but also neighboring countries. From Latvia, 59 out of 68 members of the Saeima who voted to withdraw from the monument treaty, as well as 15 members of the Riga City Council who participated in the decision to demolish monuments to Soviet soldiers, have been declared wanted.
In Lithuania, the mayor of Klaipeda, Arvydas Vaitkus, his deputies, 13 members of the city council, and two historians, as well as six members of the Vilnius city council and the Minister of Culture of Lithuania, Simonas Kairys, following the decision to dismantle a monument to Soviet soldiers, are under search.
The sociological company Norstat found that 68% of the country's residents are dissatisfied with the Prime Minister's activities and want her resignation. The situation remains dynamic, and further comments and developments will be closely monitored.
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