Estonia. Entry only for those, who have forgotten their history

Summary

In the end of the event against Estonia’s “visa arbitrariness” to the members of Young Guard, the activists wrote on the pavement “Estonia. Entry only for those, who have forgotten their history!”.

Disproof

On 15th of August, Estonia added four people to the list who are not allowed to enter the Schengen area. While the official reason for this "visa arbitrariness" as pro-Kremlin media calls it, is not to be disclosed by the authorities, the media in Estonia has reported that the reason was their cooperation with an NGO called Russian Fellow Compatriots in Europe and participation in the Immortal Regiment march. The Estonian Internal Security Service regularly refers to various NGOs and individuals engaged in propaganda campaigns or subversive actions in Estonia with support from Russia. Propastop has mapped this network of NGOs and individuals.

As for the slogan about forgetting history, pro-Kremlin media has been claiming that Tallinn was liberated and there was no occupation. In reality this was not the case:  "On September 22, 1944, when the Red Army arrived in Tallinn, the Germans had already left the city. On 18. September, Otto Tief’s Republic of Estonia’s Constitutional Government, which had been formed by Prime Minister Jüri Uluots acting on behalf of the President was in force." That Estonian Government "affirmed the juridical continuation of the Republic of Estonia, and it showed that Estonia accepted neither the Soviet occupation nor the 3-year period of German occupation". The previous example of the 75 year old disinformation narrative about liberation of Tallinn can be seen here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 169
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Estonian
  • Country: Estonia
  • Keywords: Protest
  • Outlet: Sputnik Estonia
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