Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves (file photo) (ITAR-TASS)
February 22, 2007 -- Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has formally vetoed legislation allowing for the removal of a Soviet war monument in central Tallinn.
Ilves said the bill -- which calls for the removal of all Soviet and Nazi war monuments -- violates Estonia's constitution.
Ilves had vowed to reject the bill shortly after parliament approved it on February 15.
The bill sparked angry responses from Moscow and from Estonia's Russian minority.
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