Tallinn City Government Removes Soviet-era Nõmme Memorial | New

The memorial was located on Viljandi mnt and Valdeku, in the capital’s Nõmme district, and was known as the “stone of Nõmme” (pictured).

Speaking at the Tallinn City Government’s inaugural Question Time on Thursday, Tallinn Deputy Mayor Kaarel Oja (SDE) said: “The mapping work [on all monuments inside the city government’s jurisdiction] was completed – there were five “red” monuments in Tallinn’s public space.”

The most important of these is the Maarjamäe Memorial, on state-owned land in the district of Pirita.

“The second was a memorial at the corner of Viljandi road and Valdeku street, popularly known as the Nõmme stone, which was removed by the Tallinn city government today,” Oja said, adding that on the whole the matter has been dealt with in regard to the other three monuments as well.

“The only topic we can talk about in the future is the Maarjamäe memorial,” Oja said.

The other three monuments are located on private land, in former industrial areas.

“These monuments are dedicated to the workers of the former Lutheri, Dvigatel and Krulli factories who fell during the Second World War and are located on the territories of these former factories”, continued the deputy mayor.

The Lutheri district is in the Veereni district, the Dvigatel district in Ülemiste and the old Krulli factory is between Kalamaja and Kopli.

If there is no obligation to preserve the monuments of Lutheri and Dvigatel, in the case of the Krulli factory, the planning conditions imposed its preservation,

At the beginning of August, when the problem became a national problem, particularly focused on a tank monument in Narva, the Tallinn city government did not have a clear picture of the remaining monuments from the Soviet era, although he now has one, according to authority.

Under current law, if a monument has human remains buried nearby and as an integral part of the memorial – as in the case of war graves – this is a matter for local government; otherwise, it is the affair of the State.

Gray areas have included sites where it is unclear whether human remains are buried nearby or not – sometimes their supposed presence is largely based on local lore.

In the case of Narva, the city government dodged the issue, prompting the state to intervene early last week and have the tank removed and moved to the National War Museum in Viimsi.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine from February 24 this year has brought back into focus the question of the legacy of Soviet monuments, as well as the desire to avoid a repeat of the riots of the “Bronze Soldiers” of April 2007, triggered when a war memorial was moved across the city. , from its original site in central Tallinn.

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