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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ansip Compares Nashi and Nazis

TALLINN, Estonia -- Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip said Tuesday that some Russian youth groups reminded him of the Nazi Hitler Youth movement, but said his country wanted pragmatic relations with its former Soviet overlord.

"We cannot close our eyes when we see what is happening now in Russia," Ansip said.

"Those nationalist youth organizations, Nashi and Young Guard, they are like the Hitlerjugend in Germany," Ansip said, referring to two pro-Kremlin groups. "We have to be worried."

Nashi organized a blockade of the Estonian Embassy in Moscow after Estonia moved a bronze statue of a World War II Red Army soldier from central Tallinn to a military cemetery in April.

"One day, one lovely day, the Russian people will understand it is a big shame when they think such a small country as Estonia or Latvia or Georgia are enemies for Russia," Ansip said, referring to a recent opinion poll giving Russians' views on these countries.