Another Side to the Euro Coin Map Dispute (3)

1/7/2011 4:37 PM
Category: Politics

While the Setos complain that half of their ancestral homeland was left off the map on the euro coin, a lawyer claiming to be Russia's ombudsman in Estonia made a claim that the impress includes the Russian-controlled areas, prompting a statement from the Russian Embassy. 

The embassy disagreed with the lawyer, Sergei Seredenko, and said on its website that Estonia's euro coins do indeed depict the country's territory in its actual borders. But it used the occasion to say that Estonia continues to make attempts to subject the border to review. 

 
The Russian Embassy was referring to the fact that the coin designer Lembit Lõhmus's original sketch design from 2007 showed the prewar map of Estonia, including the areas annexed by Stalin in the late 1940s. 
 
The fact that the coin designer needed to make corrections to the drawing, according to the Russian embassy website, "shows that unfortunately [the reasons] for retracting our signature from the border treaty in 2005 persist."
 
Estonian Ambassador in Moscow Simmu Tiik noted that the design error was corrected quickly in 2007.

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