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Russian MFA Information and Press Department Commentary Regarding a Question from RIA Novosti Concerning the Incident with Estonian Ambassador to Moscow Marina Kaljurand at the office of the newspaper Argumenty i Fakty

698-04-05-2007

Question: Media have reported, citing Estonian officials, that Estonia’s Ambassador to Russia, Marina Kaljurand, fell victim to an attack with tear gas in Moscow a few days ago.

Commentary: On May 2, a group of young people, as a sign of protest against the dismantling of the Monument to the Liberator Soldier in Tallinn, did indeed made an attempt to disrupt the Estonian ambassador’s press conference at the office of the newspaper Argumenty i Fakty. But security guards prevented them from doing so. No direct physical attack on the ambassador was recorded. As to reports of tear gas, it was the ambassador’s bodyguard who used pepper spray against the picketers. Marina Kaljurand herself confirmed this fact during a conversation at the Foreign Ministry.


May 4, 2007