The document, quoted by Vesti, reads that the ministry hopes that “the Estonian authorities will refrain from the action that will have most serious consequences for relations between Russia and Estonia.”
The ministry once again urged Tallinn “to give up its plans to displace the monument and the graves, which in fact seek to reconsider the role of the anti-Hitler coalition in victory over Nazism in World War II and contradict both the international law and the basic principles of human ethics and humanism.”
Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip said last week that all wartime cemeteries had been put in charge of the Defense Ministry, explaining that “the republic’s civil legislation does not have the corresponding legal framework.” The move will allow the ministry to ensure “fuller” implementation of the law “On protection of wartime burials,” which, among other things, provides legal grounds for excavating the common grave of Soviet soldiers in the center of Tallinn and dismantling the monument to the Liberator Soldier nearby. On the same day, Defense Minister Jaak Aaviksoo confirmed that such plans existed, adding that this would be done to find out the number of soldiers buried there and to identify them. Work can start within a few days, just ahead of the Victory Day.