LOS ANGELES, February 19 (Itar-Tass) -- The adoption by the Estonian parliament of the law entitled “On the liquidation of banned structures,” which makes it possible to dismantle the Monument to the Liberator Soldier in the central part of Tallinn, is “another episode in the attempts to revise the results of World War II,” Emil Vinogradsky, president of the San Francisco Association of Russian Veterans of World War II, California, told Itar-Tass. He believes the Estonian legislators should revise their resolution.
“The current situation with the revision of World War II in Estonia is outrageous,” Emil Vinogradsky continued. He welcomed the fact that Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves had refused to put the law into effect. “This shows that the Estonian leaders are skilled people anyway,” he said.
Meanwhile, over at the Russian version of Postimees, commentors were immersing the online newspaper in a sea of "sbasiba" after Ilves decided not to promulgate the bill.
This is the first big test in Ilves career (after getting selected for the presidency, of course). It's interesting to see how he's using it to his political advantage. Perhaps this will soften opposition to him in the ranks of Keskerakond should he run for a second term in 2011. The biggest criticisms of Ilves was that he was too American, too French, or too vain to be a president. With the Pronks capital in the bank, he can now present himself as Mr. Reasonable.