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Estonia, Russia Confront the Past

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Estonia, Russia Confront the Past

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Estonia, Russia Confront the Past

Estonia, Russia Confront the Past

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The recent decision by the Baltic nation of Estonia to relocate a Soviet-era war memorial sparked days of rioting by ethnic Russians in Estonia, and violent protests outside the Estonian embassy in Russia.

Russians see the statue of a Soviet soldier as a tribute to Estonia's liberation from the Nazi Germany. But many Estonians see it as a symbol of Soviet occupation.

Gregory Feifer reports from Moscow, and Debbie Elliott speaks with Georgetown University professor Angela Stent about the history between the two countries.

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