The Estonian government’s decision to remove a Soviet-era monument
On Tuesday, the Estonian government announced they’ve decided to take down a Soviet-era monument located in Narva in the region of Estonia that is Russian-speaking. Juri Ratas, Estonia’s Prime Minister, claimed that the monument poses the risk of threatening public order. Ratas said that the decision was taken after consultation with security personnel from the local area as well as the local population. Ratas claimed that the government of Estonia is committed to ensuring the safety of everyone, regardless of background or ethnicity. The monument is known as”the Bronze Soldier Soviet Monument, and was constructed in honor of Red Army soldiers who died during World War II.
The world is changing as it does, so do our monuments and public exhibitions. There is a chance that what was thought to be acceptable at the time might not be acceptable in the future. Estonia’s Soviet-era monument has been removed from public display. The reasons for this removal are numerous, but suffice it to say that changes have occurred and what was previously accepted has become unacceptable.