Prime Minister Jüri Ratas wrote on social media on Sunday that June deportations left a deep wound in the soul of Estonians.
"Seventy-nine years ago, on the night of June 14, 1941, over 10,000 people were taken from their homes and deported to a cold land," Ratas wrote. "The June deportations left a deep wound in the soul of our people, destroying innocent lives and breaking apart families that were never reunited."
"I deeply commemorate the victims and extend my heartfelt sympathies to all who have suffered because of these tragic events," the PM added.
On the night of June 14, 1941, Soviet repressive organs deported some 10,000 Estonian to Siberia. Around 6,000 men, women and children died of exhaustion or were killed.
Editor: Marcus Turovski