Moscow believes that the trials against anti-fascist veterans opening in Estonia on August 22th have a strongly pronounced political character. According to the Russian embassy in Estonia, Vladimir Penart (b.1925), a Russian citizen, a veteran of the state security bodies of Estonia, will stand Estonian trail in the town of Valga on August 22th. Apart from that, the trial against another anti-fascist veteran, Russian citizen Yuri Karpov will be held on September 18th-19th in Tallinn. The third one awaiting his turn is Stepan Nikeyev, veteran of security bodies, is also a citizen of Russia.
The embassy noted that all veterans have been sued with a frame-up charge of "crimes against humanity." The embassy stressed that "these trials are of a strongly pronounced political character." In particular, this was proved by the resolution, which the Estonian parliament adopted on July 18th 2002, proclaiming Soviet law-enforcement bodies "criminal organizations." At the same time, it is no secret that the process to rehabilitate Nazi criminals and their collaborationists is currently speeding up in Estonia.
Mysterious philanthropist, Rustem Magdeev, had agreed, at his own expense, to donate a sculpture of Rudolf Nureyev, made by Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, to the Kazan Opera and Ballet Theatre