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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Duma Condemns Statue Removal

State Duma deputies on Wednesday sharply criticized Estonia for possible plans to remove a statue that honors Red Army soldiers who helped drive Nazi forces from the Baltic nation.

The Duma voted 407-0 to pass a resolution, titled On The Demonstration of Neo-Nazi and Revanchist Mood in Estonia -- the latest in a line of angry statements from government officials.

"This act ... continues the course of heroizing Nazism and the justification for its ideology," the resolution said.

The statement called on President Vladimir Putin and the government to reconsider bilateral cooperation with Estonia.

Last week, the Estonian president signed into law a bill allowing for the removal from the capital, Tallinn, of the 1947 statue.