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On Tuesday morning, it was reported that vandals had defaced the MS Estonia memorial in central Tallinn with graffiti. On Tuesday afternoon the monument had been cleaned and the graffiti removed.

The graffiti had reportedly appeared some time overnight and was spotted around 7.30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) North Prefecture official Jelena Mirošnitšenko told ERR the police have started criminal proceedings under the section of the Penal Code concerning the defamation of the deceased.

"We will do our best to find out who committed such an act," Mirošnitšenko said, adding anyone who has any information about the crime should call 112.

It is not the first time the memorial to the 852 people who perished in the September 1994 sinking, named "Katkenud liinid" ("Broken lines"), has been vandalized with graffiti.

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