The Bronze Soldier Story

Several months ago, the Estonian government said it would remove a bronze statue of a Russian soldier which honors Russia’s efforts in World War II. This sparked rioting on the part of Russian speaking Estonians. After World War II ended, the Soviet government encouraged Russians to migrate to Estonia where they now represent about 25% of the population. But, the remainder of Estonians hate the Russians. The attempt to remove the statue was met with violent rioting on the part of Russian/Estonians.

Now, ‘Night Vigil,” a Russian/Estonian group is threatening to “punish” any policeman involved in putting down the riot. This, essentially, is an unimportant story, but it highlights how people who live together can hate together. It’s a statue for God’s sake, let it stand, and get on with your lives.