Russophobia brings down Estonian minister


The Estonian Finance Minister Jürgen Ligi resigned on Sunday

The 55-year-old had come under fire for writing a Facebook comment calling the 28-year-old Russian-speaking Minister for Social Affairs Jevgeni Ossinovski an “immigrants’ son” who should watch what he says.

The business paper Äripäev sees this above all as a generation conflict:

“There’s no right answer to the question of how much influence the Soviet occupation still has on our current development and whether it’s alright to talk about it more than twenty years after the fact. The answer depends on the date of birth and world view of the person who’s talking, especially when it’s a politician. On the one hand, from a historical perspective two decades is far too little time to say it’s all behind us, especially with an eye to the economy, our independence and our self-confidence. On the other hand the Soviet Union should not always be used as an excuse for our country’s economic problems and low standard of living.”

euro|topics is a service provided by the Federal Agency for Civic Education. Since May 2008, n-ost Network for Reporting on Eastern Europe has produced the press review.

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