“What a circus for one book!”

Hundreds of listeners and a handful of protesters attend publication of book on Estonia

About 300 people, mostly men, were on hand at Helsinki’s Sanoma House when writers Sofi Oksanen and Imbi Paju spoke about their new book Kaiken takana oli pelko (“Behind Everything Was Fear”). The writers spoke about Estonia’s hidden past, and the audience listened in complete silence.

Also attracting people was the prospect of seeing a demonstration by the Nashi movement, also known as the “Putin Youth”, who saw the indictment of the Soviet occupation as an attack on Russia. The handful of demonstrators were the focus of attention for about 40 representatives of the media. Even the Putin youth themselves photographed each other as if they were on a summer excursion.


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