Estonia, Russia at odds following memorial riots

April 29, 2007 22:11

Estonia and Russia engaged in a war of words Sunday after three nights of rioting in the Baltic state left one dead, 156 injured and over 1,000 detained. The violence was triggered by Estonia's decision to relocate a Soviet war memorial and grave in downtown Tallinn that was a shrine for ethnic Russians but that Estonians consider to be a symbol of 50 years of Soviet oppression. Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet accused the Russian media of spreading "lies" and provoking the unrest. He pointed out what he said was misinformation in Russian language reports - including rumors that the memorial was sawed into pieces and that hundreds of ethnic Russians on Estonia's police force had resigned.

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