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Anti-Russian sentiment is rising in Eastern Europe

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M. De Salvron, L. Lacroix, Y. Katooch – France 2

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Since the start of the war in Ukraine, anti-Russian sentiment has steadily risen in neighboring countries, formerly under the yoke of the Soviet Union. In the Baltic states or in Poland, remnants of the Soviet era are being removed.

In recent weeks, one after another in former Eastern bloc countries like Poland or Poland, Soviet statues have been removed and symbols banished from the landscape. Baltic States, shocked by the war in Ukraine. In Latvia, the monument to the Liberators of Riga (Latvia) was destroyed by government order last week.

The building honors the Soviet soldiers who defeated Nazi Germany. But for many Latvians, it marked the beginning of the occupation of their country, mainly after World War II. The event was widely reported by Russian television. This is not an isolated case. In Estonia, a T-34 tank was a World War II monument that was removed from public space two weeks ago. “This tank represents the occupation of our country. The Russians are doing in Ukraine what the Soviet Union did here.”An Estonian opinion.

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