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Tallinn's Soviet war memorial before its removal in April (ITAR-TASS) June 11, 2007 -- Estonia has deported two members of the pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi who were detained in central Tallinn wearing military uniforms on the former site of a controversial Soviet-era World War II monument.

The two Russian citizens were detained on June 9. They had entered Estonia on tourist visas and said they were acting as "living memorials" to the "heroes of the Great Patriotic War."

Estonia moved the monument to another location in April, sparking protests within Russian and in Estonia by the country's ethnic Russian minority. Protestors saw the move as disrespectful to the Soviet Union's wartime sacrifice to help liberate Europe from Nazi Germany.

(dpa, ITAR-TASS)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) with EU foreign policy representative Javier Solana in Sochi in May 2006 (epa)

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