Victims of Communism Memorial Could Be Established in Former Site of Bronze Soldier ({{commentsTotal}})

Representatives of Memento, an organization of former dissidents and others who suffered under the communist regime, have submitted their vision of a proposed future memorial to victims of totalitarianism. The group favors the city center site formerly occupied by a controversial Soviet monument.

Relocation of that monument, the so-called "Bronze Soldier" from Tõnismägi Park to a military cemetery sparked two days of rioting in Tallinn in April 2007. More than 1,000 people were detained, and 156 injured, including more than 20 police officers. Numerous stores, offices and homes were damaged.

The design of the project calls for 55 pyramidal metal pillars with the names of 110,000 people from Estonia, said Leo Õispuu, a board member of Memento, who was one of several representatives Thursday who handed over the plan to Minister of Culture Urve Tiidus.

The monument would also be furnished with QR computer codes or other features that could provide interactive information on the stories behind the names.