Sunday, April 22, 2012

The rain has gone

After rain for the past 2 days and a bit yesterday morning it had cleared by lunchtime, I decided to go to the Estonian Occupation Museum, I thought I had been to the same type in Vilnius and Riga, so I thought that it would be good to get the Estonian perspective on everything, as with the other 2, Russia occupied them 40-41 and then Germany from 41-44, then Russia onwards to 91.
  It was interesting to read that during Russia's occupation that there came periods during the 50's and 60's when freedom seem to be improving and the chances of Independence were increasing, in each case Russia had to flex its muscle, it invaded Hungary in 1956 and then  Czechoslovakia 1968.
    It seemed the invasions were to serve 2 purposes, to suppress the Country it was invading but to show all the countries that it was occupying that hey we are still in control, so don't even think about freedom. But once the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, the ball started rolling that nobody was going to stop. The invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 was the same, but this time the Russians took a bit hit, it was all part of the Ball rolling. In the basement of the museum they had a collection of statutes and busts of Russians that were obviously collected up after Independence, also there was a collection of old cars made during the 50's & 60's, quality Russian made vehicles.

Here are a couple of the cars in the Museum.

The busts in the basement of the Museum, the white one in the back looks like Lenin.

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