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Oppression during Estonia’s Soviet occupation worse than imagined

Study led by Max Jakobson examines Estonia from 1941-1991


Oppression during Estonia’s Soviet occupation worse than imagined
Max Jakobson
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Crimes against humanity committed by Soviet occupiers in Estonia between 1941 and 1991 were worse than had previously been known, according to a report that was published on Monday. The occupiers imprisoned and exiled more Estonians than had previously been known.
      According to the study, a total of 60,000 Estonians were imprisoned and taken away. The treatment of political and ideological dissidents was very severe.
     
The three-year work by a commission led by Finnish veteran journalist and diplomat Max Jakobson was made public in Helsinki on Monday at an event organised by the Estonian Embassy in Finland and the Finnish National Archive. The day was the anniversary of the 1941 prisoner transports.
      The task of the international commission headed by Jacobson was to examine crimes against humanity in Estonian history. The commission was named in 1998 by Estonian President Lennart Meri.
      The report issued on Monday covered events since 1944. The first part, covering the years 1940 to 1944 was published in 2006.
     
At the same event, Estonian Ambassador Marja Pajula presented Finnish author Sofi Oksanen with a medal.
      Both in her novel The Purge, and in Kaiken takana oli pelko (“Behind Everything Was Fear”), a collection of articles that she edited with Imbi Paju, Oksanen handles the catastrophe inflicted on Estonia by the Soviet occupation from many different points of view”, the Ambassador said.


Previously in HS International Edition:
  Welcome to Soviet Tallinn (11.3.2006)
  Hundreds of listeners and a handful of protesters attend publication of book on Estonia (23.3.2009)
  Finlandia Prize goes to Sofi Oksanen and portrait of Estonia under Soviet occupation (5.12.2008)

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