Der Guardian, eine der wichtigsten britischen Publikationen, veröffentlichte eine Stellungnahme des estnischen Botschafters in London mit heftigen Leser-Reaktionen im Kommentarteil. Via 'A Step At A Time': Replying to Propaganda.
Ein weitere Übersicht zum Verhältnis mit Russland wurde aus Tel Aviv gepostet. Paul Abelsky: Russian Diasporas Struggle to Integrate in Latvia and Estonia
"Russia's understanding of history is to be blamed for the conflict situation," said Kadri Liik, director of the Tallinn-based International Center for Defense Studies.
"Russians are restoring something close to the Soviet interpretation of history, and they haven't yet understood basic things to bring them closer to Estonia. Most Russians think the USSR won the war thanks to Stalin, but he was an ally of Hitler, and maybe the great sacrifice in the war could have been a lot less without him."
After joining the EU and NATO in 2004, Estonia has not felt constrained to air its grievances, although it has found little overt support inside the European establishment. The burden of mending the ties between the two countries, according to Liik, is on Russia and its ability to reassess the Soviet past. "Estonia wants a constructive relationship and no one is setting any conditions," she said. "Moscow's reaction is so emotional because it feels we are invading their concept of history. The process of reconciliation should happen naturally. If Russia is unable to take a critical view of history, it is going to be a problem for its relations with the rest of the world."
Update: Ich habe gerade über Abelsky recherchiert, besser gesagt: gegoogelt. Der Post aus Tel Aviv sagt nicht viel aus. Abelsky arbeitet auch für RussiaProfile.org . Dort steht zu seinem Lebenslauf:
Paul Abelsky was born in Minsk, Belarus, and grew up in the Chicago area after immigrating to the United States in 1991. Educated in European history at Amherst College and Yale University, he has worked as a journalist in Russia since 2004.
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