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Europe/Other : Estonia - A Brave Move?

 

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Guthrum
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05 Mar 2016
07:09:30pm
Estonia, the smallest of the Baltic States, shares a border with mighty and restless Russia, and may be glad that Volodya's attention is currently elsewhere. She does not really want a repeat of summer 1940, when the attentions of Uncle Joe caused her suddenly to cease to exist.

All the more strange, then, that this perhaps vulnerable country should release, singly and at irregular intervals from 2008 to 2014, these stamps:

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(There are actually ten, but my new issues chap has run out of no.5 in the series.)

The online catalogue Colnect lists them as 'Heads of State'. Dull stamps, you might think, designed by one Lembit Lohmus with a minimum of information, almost as if they had to be slipped in under cover, piecemeal and surreptitiously.

And maybe there's something in that - for when I sought more information about these fellows, such as their dates, a pattern emerged. Every one of them (including the missing no.5), with the single exception of the last, Konstantin Pats, died within a year of each other, from 1941-1942.

What we are actually seeing here, then, is not just another in a worthy series of old politicians you haven't heard of, but a commemoration of the systematic murder of an entire governing class of a country, every one of them arrested, taken to Butyrko or the Lubyanka, and privately done away with. The oldest was 74, the youngest 54. Pats they did not kill, but sent him to the Gulag, where he lost his reason and died in a prison hospital in 1956.

But a commemoration stealthily made, concealed almost - lest the baleful eye of the Kremlin turn away from Ukraine, or now Syria, and look thoughtfully in the direction of Tallinn...

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sheepshanks
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05 Mar 2016
07:57:17pm
re: Estonia - A Brave Move?

Oh Heck Ian, now you have let the cat out of the bag, guess the oil and gas will be turned off shortly.
Maybe the Estonian president will be arranging you to have a visit very shortly. Better get the excuses ready.
Thanks for the show and tell, love these little snippets to throw in the conversation when it gets dull. Causes total confusion with the dinner guests, who usually just leave me to the Laphroig.

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Guthrum

05 Mar 2016
07:09:30pm

Estonia, the smallest of the Baltic States, shares a border with mighty and restless Russia, and may be glad that Volodya's attention is currently elsewhere. She does not really want a repeat of summer 1940, when the attentions of Uncle Joe caused her suddenly to cease to exist.

All the more strange, then, that this perhaps vulnerable country should release, singly and at irregular intervals from 2008 to 2014, these stamps:

Image Not Found

(There are actually ten, but my new issues chap has run out of no.5 in the series.)

The online catalogue Colnect lists them as 'Heads of State'. Dull stamps, you might think, designed by one Lembit Lohmus with a minimum of information, almost as if they had to be slipped in under cover, piecemeal and surreptitiously.

And maybe there's something in that - for when I sought more information about these fellows, such as their dates, a pattern emerged. Every one of them (including the missing no.5), with the single exception of the last, Konstantin Pats, died within a year of each other, from 1941-1942.

What we are actually seeing here, then, is not just another in a worthy series of old politicians you haven't heard of, but a commemoration of the systematic murder of an entire governing class of a country, every one of them arrested, taken to Butyrko or the Lubyanka, and privately done away with. The oldest was 74, the youngest 54. Pats they did not kill, but sent him to the Gulag, where he lost his reason and died in a prison hospital in 1956.

But a commemoration stealthily made, concealed almost - lest the baleful eye of the Kremlin turn away from Ukraine, or now Syria, and look thoughtfully in the direction of Tallinn...

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sheepshanks

05 Mar 2016
07:57:17pm

re: Estonia - A Brave Move?

Oh Heck Ian, now you have let the cat out of the bag, guess the oil and gas will be turned off shortly.
Maybe the Estonian president will be arranging you to have a visit very shortly. Better get the excuses ready.
Thanks for the show and tell, love these little snippets to throw in the conversation when it gets dull. Causes total confusion with the dinner guests, who usually just leave me to the Laphroig.

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